By Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

CARMICHAELS, Pa. (AP) - Police say two good Samaritans helped thwart the beating and robbery of a southwestern Pennsylvania store owner, and kept the suspect from escaping.

That man, 35-year-old Matthew Smith, tells police he’s a heroin addict who needed money when he robbed Rich Rosendale.

Rosendale is the 68-year-old owner of Rich’s Trading Post in Cumberland Township, Greene County, who was beaten after being tied up with electrical and duct tape Wednesday.

Two workers at a nearby business, Eric Smith and Tom Christopher, heard the commotion and tried to stop the suspect outside the store, while an officer used a stun gun and pepper spray. The suspect was able to run away, but was tackled in a nearby field by Eric Smith.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Matthew Smith, who remained in the Green County Jail.

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