Three more charged in Chartiers robbery

November 30, 2012

The alleged getaway driver and reported accomplices in the robbery of a Chartiers Township gas station last month were charged Friday by township police.

Charles E. Clark, 20, of 770 Ridge Road, Taylorstown; Travis J. Hallam, 19, of 1209 Sycamore Ave., Washington; and David Allen Piatt, 20, of 1283 Weirich Ave., Canton Township, each were charged with robbery and related charges for the Nov. 13 robbery at Kwik Fill, West Pike Street. The suspected robber, Matthew C. McDonald, 19, of 498 Park Ave., North Franklin Township, was arraigned before District Judge David Mark Nov. 21 and placed in the Washington County jail on $100,000 bond.

He is accused of going into the store, pointing a gun at the clerk and stealing cash, power drinks and potato chips. Clark was identified as the driver of the getaway vehicle parked on a nearby side street while the other two were in the car waiting for McDonald, said Chartiers police Sgt. Steven Horvath.

“One thing led to another, and we were able to develop who was involved,” Horvath said, adding he worked with state police in Washington and Northern Regional police in Allegheny County.

Clark, Hallam and Piatt also were charged by state police for allegedly robbing the Subway restaurant a few hours before reportedly robbing the gas station. McDonald was not with the trio at the time, police said.

Piatt was apprehended Friday on a probation detainer, arraigned on the new charges by District Judge David Mark and placed in jail on $100,000 bond. Hallam also was arraigned by video from jail for the Chartiers robbery by Mark, who set bond at $100,000. Hallam had been arraigned early Friday by District Judge Gary Havelka for his role in the Subway robbery. Havelka placed him in jail on $25,000 bond. Clark was arraigned Monday by District Judge Robert Redlinger and released from the Washington County jail after posting $10,000 bond.

All four also face charges filed by Northern Regional police for a Nov. 13 robbery in Marshall Township, Allegheny County. Piatt was released on bond in that case. Court records indicated Clark was arraigned on the Northern Regional charges Thursday and placed in Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bond. McDonald also was arraigned on the Northern Regional charges but remains in the Washington County jail. Hallam has yet to be arraigned.

A preliminary hearing on the Washington County charges is tentatively set for Wednesday in Central Court.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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