McDonald robbery suspects waive cases to court

July 2, 2014
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Jamar Davis
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Kambriah Jean-Baptiste

A Carnegie couple accused of robbing a McDonald discount store last month using a box cutter waived their cases to court Wednesday after charges against them were withdrawn or reduced.

Jamar Davis, 31, and Kambriah Berchic Jean-Baptiste, 20, were arrested June 9 by McDonald police after they allegedly robbed the Family Dollar, 161 S. McDonald St.

Charges of aggravated assault filed against the pair were withdrawn. A charge of having a prohibited offensive weapon against Davis was reduced to a misdemeanor. Charges of having a prohibited offensive weapon and possessing instruments of a crime against Jean-Baptiste were withdrawn. They still face charges of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, reckless endangerment, harassment, simple assault, criminal trespass and possessing instruments of crime.

The two are accused of robbing an assistant manager at the store as she was closing for the night. McDonald police issued a bulletin with a description of the getaway vehicle and they were stopped a short time later by Collier Township police. Police found a green money bag with a plastic bag with a Family Dollar label in a backpack in the car.

Davis told District Judge Jay Weller during the proceeding in Central Court that an arrest when he was 18 years old in North Carolina has made it difficult for him to find steady work. He has worked temporary jobs until his background check is done.

Jean-Baptiste’s attorney, Jack Puskar, said his client maintains that she was only in the store to shop. She told police that she did not know what was going on and Davis also reportedly told police that she was not an accomplice, but rather his girlfriend. Puskar told Weller that his client has no criminal history and strong ties to the community. Her bond was reduced to $10,000.

Davis, who had his bond reduced to $25,000, is also wanted on a warrant obtained by Pittsburgh police on charges of robbery, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment for a similar incident early last month.

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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