Knife-Wielding Homeless Man Arrested For Attempted Pizza Robbery

A local homeless man landed in prison after he attempted to rob a pizza deliveryman this afternoon, demanding the pizza pies and threatening the victim’s life.

State College police were called to the scene of the crime at 12:19 p.m. today on W. Beaver Ave. at Miller Alley, according a release from the station this afternoon. The victim reported that he was approached by a homeless male holding a knife. The alleged robber threatened to kill the victim and demanded the pizza he was carrying for a delivery.

When two couples walked by and spotted the incident, they screamed that the homeless man had a knife. The victim took off running with the couples while the knife-wielding man followed suit, eventually running past the victim and fleeing the scene. Police said that they took the victim on a search for the perpetrator, eventually locating, identifying, and arresting the hunger-crazed individual.

The defendant, Scott James Flanagan, is a local homeless man according to a statement. He has been charged with attempted robbery, terroristic threats, and other related charges. Flanagan is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility as he awaits arraignment.

Police are asking any witnesses, including the two couples that were present, to call the State College Police Department with any information.

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Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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