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Frustrated by a video skill machine, customer pulls gun on clerk, demands money, Reading police say

The following excerpt is from the Reading Eagle.

"A man who became frustrated while playing a video skill machine for hours in a southeast Reading store pulled a pistol on an employee and demanded money before fleeing to his home a block away, investigators said Tuesday.

Darryl Griffith, 38, was taken into custody at his residence in the 700 block of Bingaman Street on Feb. 23 about 6:30 p.m. Patrol officers sealed off the block and kept watch on his residence after the robbery attempt about 30 minutes earlier at Citi Food Mart, 313 S. Seventh St., investigators said.

Griffith, who is on parole for previous crimes including robbery, was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail following video arraignment before District Judge Carissa Johnson. As a convicted felon is also banned from possessing firearms."

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