Carnegie police charge two teens in ATM robbery

By Amanda Klein | August 31, 2018

Carnegie police announced Friday that a 16-year-old male has been arrested and charged as an adult in connection with the Aug. 27 robbery of a woman at a PNC ATM. An arrest warrant has also been issued for the teen’s 18-year-old accomplice.

An anonymous tip Thursday led police to obtain video footage from a high school where police say one of the suspects attend. That footage shows the student wearing the same clothing he wore the night of the robbery.  During police questioning he admitted to being involved in the robbery, police say.

He is currently in the Allegheny County Jail. Police have not released his name and a search of online court records was unsuccessful at identifying him.

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the second suspect, who they have identified as Isaiah Johnson.

Based on information they obtained from the younger teen, police were able to recover both guns used in the robbery, which they found hidden in a wooded area several blocks from the ATM. Police say although they turned out to be BB guns, they “had the appearance of real firearms.”

According to police, at approximately 8:45 p.m., a middle-aged female was robbed after she withdrew money from the ATM.  One of the suspects brandished a firearm and demanded money. The suspects fled on foot after the woman gave them $50.00.

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

Police charge man in 2007 rape at South Side Goodwill

By Steve Pope | August 30, 2018

Editors note: Due to the graphic content contained in the criminal complaints, Grant Street News has chosen not to include copies of them here. 

The man police charged Thursday with the 2007 rape rape of a woman inside a Pittsburgh Goodwill was recently charged with raping another woman in July.

According to criminal complaints filed in the two cases, police say Shawn Carr, 30, of Elizabeth, sexually assaulted two hearing impaired women, one in 2007 and another on July 26. In the 2007 case, police also allege that Carr robbed the victim.

Police allege that on Jan. 24, 2007 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Carr and a woman identified as “Jane Doe’ were taking classes together at the Goodwill on East Carson Street. The woman told police in 2007 that she noticed Carr following her and “she became nervous and attempted to lose” him by “walking in the hallways.” As she entered a women’s bathroom, she attempted to shut the door, but Carr forced his way in, raped her and stole $11.00 from her purse.

The woman was interviewed by police on Aug. 27 and confirmed that Carr was the one who had raped her. She was able to identify him from his driver’s license picture and told police, “I was scared bad.” When asked if she consented to having sex with Carr she responded, “I didn’t want, I didn’t want too.”

Carr is also charged with the July 14 rape of a woman inside an Uptown apartment. The victim told police that while she was sleeping on a couch with her boyfriend Carr, “grabbed her wrist and forced her into a bathroom.  “He didn’t ask me or anything,” she said.  She explained in detail how Carr raped her “for hours,” police wrote in the complaint.

Police say the victim’s mother was able to identify Carr from a Facebook photo. Carr was sent a message from police via Facebook messenger asking that he come to police headquarters for questioning.  Police say he responded by saying,  “I’m too busy to come there.”

In both cases police Carr is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and sexual assault. He faces additional charges of robbery and unlawful restraint in the most recent case.

Carr is currently in the Allegheny County Jail after being unable to post a $50,000 bond in the 2007 case and a $25,000 bond in the July case. A Sept. 12 preliminary hearing is scheduled in both cases.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

 

 

 

 

Felon faces drug, money laundering charges and possessing a machine gun

By Terri Hill | August 30, 2018

Federal authorities have charged a Pittsburgh man with selling large amounts of cocaine then using some the money he made to buy houses and also possessing a large weapons cache that included a fully automatic rifle.

According to the indictment unsealed Wednesday, Anthony Bentley, aka Poundcake, 43, of Pittsburgh, sold over five kilograms of cocaine from May 2015 to January 2016. He also faces money laundering and firearms charges.

The indictment alleges that between October 29, 2013, and July 8, 2015, Bently used almost $279,000 that he made from drug sales to purchase four houses. In one purchase made on May 23, 2014, Bently used a $156,649.01 cashier’s check to purchase a home in Pittsburgh.

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Source: Bently indictment

Authorities allege they found 32 firearms and a large amount of ammunition in Bentley’s possession, including an AK-47 rifle and an M16 fully automatic machine gun. As a result of a previous conviction, Bently is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

In the indictment prosecutors gave Bently notice of their intention to seize $218,406 in cash, as well as other property including, three Rolex and two Movado watches that authorities say were purchased with money from drug sales.

Bently faces a possible sentence of life in prison and a fine that could exceed 1.5 million if convicted of all the charges.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

 

 

 

Suspect wanted in strangulation murder of a former Playboy model arrested in Pittsburgh

By Steve Pope | August 29, 2018

A convicted felon who was wanted in the Aug. 22 strangulation death of a former Playboy model will be heading back to Montgomery County this evening after being arrested as he stepped off a Greyhound bus.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele announced Wednesday that Jonathan Wesley Harris, 30, of Johnstown, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals as he got off a bus from Philadelphia.

Detectives with the Lower Merion Twp. police obtained an arrest warrant for Harris on Tuesday charging him with the murder of Christina Kraft. He also faces burglary, robbery and theft charges.

According to online court records, Harris has an extensive criminal past with numerous charges and convictions for assault, robbery and theft. He had just been released from prison in July after serving three years on a robbery conviction.

Police say Ms. Kraft used a popular ride sharing service and met Harris in the Center City section of Philadelphia. The pair returned to her Ardmore apartment around 3 a.m.

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Surveillance photos of John Harris released by Montgomery County District Attorney Office.

Apartment records indicate that the front door of Ms. Kraft’s apartment opened at 3:08 a.m. and the back door was closed at 5:19 am. During this time, police allege a violent struggle occurred in the apartment where Ms. Kraft was beaten, her nose was broken and she was strangled to death.

Police found her body later that evening while conducting a welfare check after a friend had been unable to reach her.

After police released surveillance video and photographs that were obtained during the investigation, a tipster contacted police and identified Harris as the person they were seeking.  The person also said Harris admitted to being with Ms. Kraft at her apartment on the night she was killed.

Photographs of Ms. Kraft have appeared in Playboy, Vanity Fair, Victoria’s Secret and other magazines.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

Allegheny County real estate clerk faces theft and bribery charges

By Steve Pope | August 29, 2018

An information clerk with the Allegheny County Department of Real Estate who told police he was experiencing financial problems, has been charged with theft and bribery.

On Monday Allegheny County police filed a criminal complaint charging Derek Wade, 51, of, Pittsburgh, with two misdemeanors — theft by unlawful taking and commercial bribery, after he admitted to pocketing money from a customer for making copies of documents.

A county detective alleged in the complaint that on July 18, Wade was observed on video taking what turned out to be $60 from a man identified as Michael Turkovich, for providing copies of documents. As an information clerk, Wade was not supposed to handle any money.

The video shows Wade making copies of documents and providing them to Mr. Turkovich, yet county records do not show that Mr. Turkovich paid for any copies that day.

A county real estate employee told police that Wade said he was making copies “to do some side work,” the complaint said. The employee told Wade he wasn’t permitted to do that and “it could result in instant termination.”

In an Aug. 27 interview with a county police detective Wade admitted he was having financial problems. He said on July 18, he accepted $40 from Mr. Turkovich for copies of documents and an additional $20 for expedited service.

According to county records Wade has been a county employee since 2011, however, it is unclear what his current employment status is.

He has been charged via summons and a preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 3.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

Allegheny Co. Sheriffs K-9 Deputy ‘Woody’ nabs Duquesne bar shooting suspect

By Amanda Klein | August 28, 2018

A man that area police have been searching for that was wanted in the Aug. 13 shooting at a Duquesne bar is now in the Allegheny County Jail thanks to K-9 “Woody” and several other sheriff’s deputies.

Carl Jones, 27, of McKeesport, was arrested around 11 a.m. Tuesday as he attempted to hide in an apartment building on Dinwiddie Street in the Hill District.

For the past two weeks deputies had been gathering information about Jones’s whereabouts. They believed he may have been staying in the building, but the occupants refused to cooperate in locating him.

This morning around 11 a.m. deputies tracked Jones to the Dinwiddie street residence and with the assistance provided by K-9 “Woody” took him into custody, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

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Carl Jones | Allegheny County Jail photo

Jones has been charged in the shooting and according to a criminal complaint, fired five to six shots, killing one person inside the 1313 Bar.

After his arrest deputies transported Jones to Allegheny County police headquarters for questioning. He was then taken to the jail, where he is currently being held after being denied bond.

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

 

 

Jealous boyfriend sentenced to 20-40 years in prison for Rankin shooting

By Terri Hill |August 28, 2018

A Rankin man who pleaded guilty Tuesday in the 2015 fatal shooting of his girlfriend’s former boyfriend will spend the next 20-40 years in a state prison.

Cyrano “Laylow” Morrison, 31, of McKees Rocks received the sentence from Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Beth Lazzara after pleading guilty to one count each of third degree murder and recklessly endangering another person and two firearm violations.

A criminal complaint filed in the case alleged that Donald Jenkins, 35 of Pittsburgh, the former boyfriend of Junique Dobbs, using a friend’s phone accidentally called Dobbs around 1 a.m. on Aug.12 while attempting to call one of his two children.  Dobbs is the mother of his two children.

The friend told police they started receiving numerous calls and text messages on their from a person they recognized as Morrison. During one of the calls Morrison threatens to “beat up Donald Jenkins and states he is coming over to the residence,” the complaint said.

At 4:02 a.m. police allege in the complaint, the witness saw Morrison and Dobbs sitting in a vehicle outside their house after receiving a call from Morrison saying that he is outside their house.

As Mr. Jenkins was walking down the porch steps he was shot.  The witness told police Morrison “reached for his waistband and then he\she heard two gunshots and saw muzzle flashes from the gun.”

Mr. Jenkins died from a single gunshot wound to the trunk less than a half-hour after he was transported to UPMC Mercy.

Police say Morrison fled to Ohio and was arrested a week later by U.S. Marshals.

Dobbs was charged with hindering apprehension and obstructing the administration of law after she told police she gave Morrison $100 and drove him to Ohio. A non-jury trial in her case is scheduled for Sept. 7 before Judge Lazzara.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com