Greensburg teen charged with armed robberies in Latrobe, Derry Borough
A Greensburg teen is accused of leaving a juvenile detention center, stealing a handgun and committing robberies in Latrobe and Derry.
Jericho M. Dechicchis, 17, is charged by Latrobe and Derry Borough police with multiple counts of assault, robbery and weapons charges in two late-October incidents.
Dechicchis allegedly brandished a handgun during an Oct. 23 robbery at a Main Street residence in Latrobe as well as an Oct. 31 robbery in Derry Borough, according to a criminal complaint.
A witness told police that Dechicchis was taken to the Latrobe apartment by a man who had visited there earlier Oct. 23. That man — Joseph E. Roth, 18, of Latrobe — is wanted by state police on escape charges related to the Oct. 23 robbery.
A separate witness identified a Facebook photo of Dechicchis on Oct. 30, according to court documents.
On Nov. 1, Derry Borough police contacted counterparts in Latrobe about a reported Halloween robbery in which the victim had identified Dechicchis as the suspect.
Dechicchis was found at a Derry Borough apartment Nov. 6 and taken into custody on a warrant for leaving a juvenile detention facility. He was in possession of a semi-automatic Ruger pistol that police said was stolen Oct. 22 from a parked vehicle in Derry Borough. Dechicchis told police he found the gun in an alley a few blocks from where the vehicle was parked and denied involvement in the robberies.
He is charged with two counts each of robbery, theft by unlawful taking, simple assault and terroristic threats, along with weapons charges, in the Oct. 23 robbery.
In the Oct. 31 incident, he is charged with robbery, strangulation, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and a weapons charge. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 22 before Derry District Judge Mark J. Bilik.