2 charged in federal court in bank robbery spree, 3rd will plead guilty

By Amanda Klein | February 13, 2019

Two Allegheny County residents were indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday in connection with a string of armed robberies of area banks in October.

Nicole Wallace, 34, of Carnegie and Edward Hooten, 42, of Pittsburgh, are charged with the armed robbery of the Huntington Bank on Brownsville Road in Carrick on Oct. 17.

Wallace is also charged in the Oct. 27, attempted armed robbery of First National Bank in Whitehall and the armed robbery of  the First National Bank in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood on Oct. 29.

A third suspect in the three robberies, Jason Rini, of Heidelberg, waived his right to an indictment by a grand jury and is scheduled to plead guilty at a hearing later this month.

All three were arrested by Pittsburgh police in mid-November. Officials did not disclose how much money was stolen.

If convicted on all the charges, all three are facing up to 25 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

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