McDonald robbery duo also suspects in Pittsburgh robbery

June 12, 2014

The Pittsburgh couple accused of staying inside a McDonald discount store after closing and then robbing the store manager at knifepoint are suspects in a similar crime in the city of Pittsburgh.

Kambreah Berchic Jean-Baptiste, 20, and Jamar Davis, 31, are accused of hiding in the Family Dollar store, 161 S. McDonald St., just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The assistant store manager told police she locked the front door and yelled to make sure there were no customers. As she was counting the register drawer, the couple, dressed all in black, approached and robbed her. Davis had a knife and also wore a black-and-white bandana.

After fleeing from the store in a red, four-door sedan, the two were apprehended a short time later by Collier Township police. Items from the store were found in the car, along with a scarf and other apparel.

Davis tried to exonerate his girlfriend, telling McDonald police she had no idea what he was planning to do and was shopping in another part of the store.

Pittsburgh police detectives, who are investigating a similar robbery at a Family Dollar store, contacted McDonald police Wednesday night. Surveillance in the Pittsburgh robbery shows a man and woman hiding in a storage room until the cashiers start to close for the night. The suspects emerge, assault the employees and steal money.

McDonald police said the two suspects were determined to be Davis and Jean-Baptiste. Davis was reportedly wearing a blue sweatshirt with yellow stripes that was found inside the car after the McDonald robbery. Also found in the car was the black jacket and a scarf Jean-Baptiste reportedly wore during the Pittsburgh robbery.

McDonald police secured the items until Pittsburgh police could obtain a warrant to collect the evidence.

The two remain in Washington County jail on $100,000, facing a preliminary hearing next week on robbery, assault and other charges.

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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