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Cameron County man convicted in carjacking case

Man carjacked bank employee's vehicle

By Marc Stempka

EMPORIUM, Pa. -- A Cameron County man was found guilty Wednesday of an August 2012 carjacking in Emporium.

The United State Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Thomas Edward Smith, 58, of Emporium, was convicted of carjacking, brandishing a gun during a crime of violence and receiving a stolen firearm after a three-day trial.

United States Attorney Peter J. Smith said Edward Smith was pretending to work on a vehicle parked along a street in Emporium when he flagged down a Citizens and Northern Bank employee on Aug. 8, 2012. He got into the womans vehicle and pulled out a handgun.

Peter Smith said Edward Smith told the woman it would be the worst day of her life, because the victim and the bank she worked for had taken his house away due to foreclosure. Edward Smith told the woman to drive to the Citizens and Northern Bank in Emporium.

The victim was able to jump out of the vehicle to escape from Edward Smith, who also jumped from the vehicle, Peter Smith said.

Edward Smiths sentencing was set for November.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times