A York City man didn't make it very difficult for police to track him down after he allegedly tried to rob a York College student at gunpoint last week.

York City patrol officers quickly identified Charles John Kellner Jr., 36, of 500 W. King St. after the confrontation, which happened about 9:45 p.m. Jan. 24, Capt. Russ Tschopp said.

According to Tschopp, Kellner had been inside Murph's Study Hall bar at 850 Jessop Place, came outside and was standing next to his car.

A York College student happened to be walking by, and Kellner pointed a gun at him and demanded cash, the captain said. But instead of handing over his valuables, the student simply ran back to his dorm room and called 911.

The student told police he had seen the attempted robber coming out of Murph's, so officers spoke with employees there.

Based on the description of the gunman provided by the student, employees were able to pull up Kellner's driver's license and accompanying photo on their computer system, Tschopp said. That's because the bar scans customers' licenses to ensure they are 21 years old, he said.

The student identified Kellner as being the man who tried to rob him and officers obtained an arrest warrant, Tschopp said. Springettsbury Township Police arrested Kellner two days later at a Mount Rose Avenue convenience store.

Kellner remains in York County Prison on $30,000 bail, charged with attempted robbery, simple assault and firearms not to be carried without a license.



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