Last two robbery suspects to face trial

December 19, 2012

All four men accused of robbing a Chartiers Township gas station last month will now face trial.

David Allen Piatt, 20, of 1283 Weirich Ave., Canton Township, and Travis J. Hallam, 19, of 1209 Sycamore Ave., Washington, appeared Wednesday before District Judge Gary Havelka in Washington County Central Court.

Havelka ordered that Piatt face trial on the charges against him following a preliminary hearing. Hallam waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges against him, after felony robbery and criminal conspiracy charges were withdrawn at the prosecution’s request.

Piatt and Hallam, along with Charles E. Clark, 20, of 770 Ridge Road, Taylorstown, and Matthew C. McDonald, 19, of 498 Park Ave., North Franklin Township, are accused of robbing the Kwik Fill on West Pike Street on Nov. 13.

According to police reports, McDonald allegedly went into the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and stole cash, energy 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.

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.

Clark and McDonald had previously waived their right to a preliminary hearing on the charges against them.

All the men remain held in the Washington County jail.

Linda Metz has been with the Observer-Reporter since 2000, covering Washington County courts and politics, as well as the city of Washington. She previously was employed by the Tribune Review. She is a graduate of Point Park College, now a university, in Pittsburgh.

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