Photo Released of Clarks Summit Robbery Suspect

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CLARKS SUMMIT -- A surveillance photo shows the man police believe robbed an elderly woman in her own driveway in Lackawanna County.

It happened in a neighborhood off Route 407 in Clarks Summit Tuesday.

An 89-year-old woman gave a detailed description to police of the man who confronted her in her driveway in Clarks Summit -- sandy colored hair, red shirt with white lettering. Officers found that matching description in surveillance video taken from PNC Bank on Northern Boulevard, one of the places the woman stopped Tuesday afternoon before heading home.

Clarks Summit police Daniel Singer, 21,of Scott Township, followed the woman from the bank to her home less than a mile away then robbed her of her purse.

Singer is still on the run but police say they were able to identify him quickly because of the victim's description.

"It's very important she becomes a good witness, so she gives us a great description as to the actor, vehicle, anything that she can so police can respond look for this gentleman as soon as they can," said Scranton Police Lt. Leonard Namiotka.

Lieutenant Namiotka teaches seniors about crime prevention and self-protection. He says this case highlights the need for seniors, and anyone, to be aware of surroundings.

"It is happening, it can happen in our backyard, and it can happen to you so you have to take precautions to protect yourself no matter where you are."

The robbery victim told us police showed her a series of photos of potential suspects and she was able to identify Singer within seconds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Clarks Summit police at 570-342-9111.


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