Area Pair Arrested in Alleged Armed Robbery in Knox

| July 8, 2022

KNOX, Pa. (EYT) – Two Clarion County residents are facing felony burglary and related charges for the alleged armed robbery at a Knox residence. 

Court documents indicate the Knox Police Department filed criminal charges against 23-year-old Bradley Richard Elder, of Strattanville, and 40-year-old Jason Leroy Priester, of Shippenville.

The charges stem from an alleged robbery that occurred on Thursday, June 23, in Knox Borough, Clarion County, involving Elder and Priester.

According to a criminal complaint, on Thursday, June 23, around 10:25 p.m. the Knox Borough Police Department received a call regarding an active armed robbery at a residence located on West Railroad Street, in Knox Borough.

The responding agency, Clarion-based State Police, informed Knox Borough Police that two victims stated they were in their living room when two males came inside from the front entrance.

One male, identified as Bradley Elder, was wearing all black with a mask over his mouth and nose. Elder was holding a small, silver revolver, according to the complaint.

The second male was identified as Jason Priester.

According to the complaint, Elder stated, “Give me your stuff” and took the victim’s purse that was beside the bed. The victim reported that the only thing in the purse was $6.00.

Elder and Priester then fled the scene, the complaint indicates.

Security footage was viewed from a nearby business, which shows a dark SUV pulling up to a nearby location on Best Avenue, near West Railroad Street. At that point, police could visibly see two individuals run toward the vehicle and get in. The vehicle then proceeded through a stop sign and continued westbound on Best Avenue, according to the complaint.

On Wednesday, June 29, Chief Peck, of the Clarion County District Attorney’s Office, interviewed a known witness. The witness stated that he, Elder, and Priester were at a known location in Paint Township, Clarion County, on the evening of June 23.

At this point, the witness, Elder, and Priester get into an identified vehicle provided by Elder and drove to a residence on West Railroad Street, with Elder in the front passenger seat and Priester in the back passenger seat.

When the vehicle pulled up, the witness stated that Elder and Priester were putting on medical gloves while getting out of the vehicle, the complaint states.

The witness then drove to a nearby location and turned around. When the witness drove up to the residence again, both Elder and Priester were running toward the vehicle and entered with a purse and a garbage bag, the complaint indicates.

The witness also told police that he saw a small, silver revolver in Elder’s pocket before traveling to the residence on Railroad Street in Knox.

The complaint notes that on July 5 Elder was interviewed, and he confirmed the information from the known witness.

Elder was arraigned at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, in front of Judge Heeter on the following charges:

– Robbery – Threaten Immediate Serious Injury, Felony 1
– Possession of Firearm Prohibited, Felony 1
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespassing – Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Firearms Not to Be Carried Without License, Felony 3
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Theft by Unlawful Taking – Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail, Elder was lodged in the Clarion County Jail on July 5.

Priester was arraigned at 1:14 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, on the following charges with Magisterial District Judge Jarah Lee Heeter presiding:

– Robbery – Threat Immediate Serious Injury, Felony 1
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespassing – Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Theft by Unlawful Taking – Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail, Priester was lodged in the Clarion County Jail on July 7.

Both men are facing preliminary hearings on Tuesday, July 19, with Judge Heeter presiding.


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