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West Reading Police: Hotel clerk takes down alleged robber

WEST READING, Pa. - Police in Berks County say a dangerous man is off the streets thanks to the heroic actions of a hotel clerk.

John Gentry apparently met his match when he tried to rob the Candlewood Suites with a knife late this afternoon.

But his plan was thwarted when authorities say the clerk jumped the counter and took Gentry down and restrained him until they arrived.

Gentry had been the focus of recent a police search.

He's the suspect in a violent holdup of a West Reading gas station and a Reading adult outlet.

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