Armored truck guard, 22, 'executes his colleague after collecting casino cash and goes on the run with $2.3m'
Kenneth Konias Jr, 22, a Garda Cash Logistics guard, allegedly killed his partner Michael Haines, 31, in a robbery
He is believed to be on the run after making off with $2.3m in cash
Police launch nationwide manhunt saying Konias is 'armed and dangerous'
Garda offers $100,000 reward for information leading to arrest
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 5:51 PM on 1st March 2012
An armoured truck security guard is on the run after allegedly shooting his partner in the head and vanishing with more than $2million in cash.
Kenneth Konias Jr, 22, is accused of killing Michael Haines, 31, in the back of the truck after the men, both Garda Cash Logistics guards, had made several stops to collect money.
Haines was discovered dead in the truck when it was found idling under a bridge in Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon.
Kenneth Konias Jr, 22, left allegedly shot his partner Michael Haines, 31, right and went on the run with more than $2m in cash
'This is a premeditated murder,' Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala told Wpxi.com.
'Our belief is that he planned to rob the company and if he had to kill the guard then he planned to do that. He shot the guy from close range in the back of the head to accomplish the robbery. That’s pretty cold.'
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The truck had picked up money from the Rivers Casino shortly before 9am that day and was found about 3.40pm, after the guards had made several stops elsewhere, police said.
Pittsburgh police major crimes Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki told The Associated Press that surveillance video from the area shows the truck had been parked under the bridge since shortly before 1.30pm that day.
Grim discovery: Haines was discovered dead in the truck when it was found idling under a bridge in Pittsburgh, pictured, on Tuesday afternoon
Garda officials have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Konias
'There's a time lapse from when the truck was parked' until it was found, Stangrecki said. 'He must have gone to the company parking lot where his car, his Ford Explorer, was parked, and got there and left the area.'
Homicide detectives went to the address where Konias lived with his parents in Dravosburg and found his bloody uniform jacket in his bedroom.
Stangrecki said Konias' family is cooperating with the investigation and had not been aware of the robbery.
'We know that he returned to his family's home, left the jacket and left the house,' Stangrecki said. 'He may have come home normally from work like he always does. And he hasn't been seen since.'
Homicide detectives went to the house where Konias lived with his parents in Dravosburg, pictured, and found his bloody uniform jacket in his bedroom
So far, police don't believe Konias had any help.
'At this point, no, it looks like he's the brains behind this incident,' Stangrecki said.
The police report shows that Konias called a friend after the alleged shooting, reports Wpxi.com.
He said, 'I f***ked up. My life is over.'
He allegedly told the friend he had killed someone and that he had enough money to live on for the rest of his life.
The FBI was also investigating, and is still auditing the exact amount of money taken from the truck.
Man-hunt: Police said he is driving a tan Ford Explorer with Pennsylvania license plate number GZW-4572
Garda officials have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and released a statement saying company officials are 'shocked and deeply saddened at the death of our colleague and extend our condolences to his family.
'We are continuing to assist law enforcement it its investigation of this incident.'
Stangrecki said investigators notified Pittsburgh International Airport and officials at various transportation agencies as well as U.S. border authorities to be alert for Konias in the nationwide manhunt.
Authorities believe Konias may have two guns - his service pistol and another hand gun, and Zappala told reporters, 'We are trying to stress how dangerous this individual is.'
'We want everybody looking for him.'
Police said he is driving a tan Ford Explorer with Pennsylvania license plate number GZW-4572.
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