Police arrest suspect in fast food robbery, killing

EDINBORO — A suspect is behind bars in the shooting death of an employee during an attempted robbery of a fast-food restaurant in northwestern Pennsylvania over the weekend, state police said.

Officers were called to a Wendy’s in Washington Township near Edinboro shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday and found an employee shot in the leg and abdomen, police in Erie County said. Troopers said Sunday that Alexander Cavanah, 22, was pronounced dead shortly afterward at UPMC Hamot.

Police said the suspect was wearing a ski mask and a motorcycle helmet, but the helmet fell off during a struggle with the victim and he fled on a motorcycle. Troopers said in an affidavit of probable cause that the FBI developed information associating the motorcycle with a black BMW.

Markese Lampley, 20, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, robbery, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and other offenses.

Lampley was arraigned Sunday and ordered held without bail.


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