Washington police investigating robbery and home invasion

August 31, 2014

Washington police are investigating a robbery late Saturday and a home invasion early Sunday with at least one suspect in both incidents described as having dreadlocks and carrying a small, silver handgun.

An 18-year-old Washington man told police he was outside the Millcraft Center about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he was robbed of $20 and his cellphone. A 34-year-old woman told police three black men, one with dreadlocks, entered her home in the 700 block of Fayette Street about 4 a.m. Sunday. One carried a small handgun and the other had a knife.

The 18-year-old told police a blue car pulled up while he was outside the Millcraft Center and an occupant asked if he had any weed. The car then pulled away.

A few minutes later, the two robbers come from around a building.

One of the men allegedly pulled a silver handgun and demanded the teen hand over his money.

The blue car then reportedly returned, picking up the two robbers, before fleeing onto North Franklin Street.

The alleged victim told police one of the robbers wore a white T-shirt and was in his mid-30s.

A short time later, an anonymous caller told a 911 dispatcher he was at North Franklin and West Walnut streets when he had a gun pulled on him.

He did not want to talk with police.

Police had 911 ping the cellphone, determining it was in the area of Oregon Street. Police responded but were unable to locate any suspects. A man matching the description was later found, but the victim told police he was not one of the culprits.

The alleged victim of the home invasion told police she, along with her boyfriend and four children, were sitting in the living room watching a movie when three black men entered her home. Their faces were covered. She told police one of the men had dreadlocks but she was unable to provide any other description of the suspects.

The three intruders asked for a bag and told the occupants of the home to go to the second floor and stay there. The three reportedly stole the wallet owned by the woman’s boyfriend and a bag of marijuana.

The 34-year-old woman told police she saw them get into a white car when they left her home. The car then went right onto West Chestnut Street from McCarrell Avenue.

Two black men with dreadlocks, one who had a small, dark handgun, also are suspects in the robbery of a North Strabane Township man about 5 p.m. Saturday in Canonsburg Town Park. Police Sgt. Don Cross said he plans to speak with city police investigators to determine if the three robberies are connected.

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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