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Police say robbery suspect flees empty handed

He allegedly tried to rob a Popeyes

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Police in Lehigh County arrested a robbery suspect after he ran from a fast food restaurant empty-handed.

Whitehall Township police charged Keary Bynum with robbery, terroristic threats and simple assault after he allegedly tried to rob a Popeyes restaurant Monday afternoon. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 39-year-old later that night, setting bail at $100,000.

Authorities say Bynum walked into the restaurant at 1141 MacArthur Road about 2:15 p.m. Bynum allegedly grabbed an employee by the shirt, pulled her toward the cash register and said, “Open the (expletive) register or I’ll shoot you,” according to court records.

Court records indicate that Bynum neither took money, nor was he given any money. He ran from the store and was arrested after a foot chase.

The restaurant employee identified Bynum as the man who grabbed her. The criminal complaint does not indicate wither he indeed had a gun or why he failed to grab any money.

Bynum, who has not confirmable address, failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 11.


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