November 25, 2020

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Trolley Car Diner Attempted Armed Robber Gets 19 Years In Prison

MT. AIRY, PHILADELPHIA — The man who tried to rob a Mt. Airy staple was sentenced to nearly two decades in prison, according to federal authorities.

United States Attorney William M. McSwain said Keenan Smith, 29, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to 19 years in prison and five years of supervised release for attempting to rob the Trolley Car Diner.

Smith was convicted after trial in August 2019 of attempted robbery which interferes with interstate commerce, which is a violation of the Hobbs Act, and using or carrying, and discharging, a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2018.

Smith sneaked into the Trolley Car Diner through a side entrance before it opened for business that day, and waited outside the manager’s office with a gun.

When the manager arrived, Smith pointed the gun at the manager’s head, and then a struggle ensued as the manager attempted to disarm the defendant.

Ultimately, the defendant was shot in the hand, causing him to flee, but he was later arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department after seeking medical treatment for his gunshot wound at a hospital in Roxborough.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Smith’s DNA was found to match DNA from blood left at the scene of the crime.

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