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The State College Police Department filed charges in the investigation of the alleged Oct. 31 Fullington bus station armed robbery on Oct. 31, according to a release.

Brooks Shay of Bellefonte has been charged with a misdemeanor count of false alarm to agency of public safety and false reports — reported offense did not occur, according to court documents.

According to SCPD, Shay, the bus station clerk, allegedly made a false robbery report to SCPD on Oct. 31, which prompted an emergency response by local law enforcement.

On Oct. 31, Penn State issued a dangerous person report at approximately 3:09 p.m. telling individuals to seek shelter, secure doors, be silent and be still, according to a University Park Alert.

“The suspect entered the office area of the bus station, struck the clerk with a pistol, knocking him to the floor,” the SCPD said in a release Oct. 31. “The suspect stole cash from the register and fled the bus station — through a south side door of the building.”

According to the SCPD, Shay was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center with “non-life threatening injuries” Oct. 31.

SCPD reported the suspect was allegedly a Black male in his 30s to 40s between 6 foot and 6-foot-1, approximately 230 pounds, with a salt and pepper beard and wearing a black disposable face mask Oct. 31. 

On Oct. 31, at approximately 5:28 p.m., Penn State University Park Alerts said the incident is “all-clear.”

SCPD announced the department identified the owner of the vehicle allegedly connected to the armed robbery on Sunday, according to a release Nov. 2.

Charges have been filed against Shay in the office of Magisterial District Judge Steven Lachman. Shay is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 19 at the Centre County Courthouse.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call SCPD at (814) 234-7150, email or submit an anonymous tip online.

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