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Kittanning man charged in North Apollo home invasion/robbery

| Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 6:47 p.m.
Brandon Ames Walker, accused of a home invasion robbery in North Apollo on Thursday, is lead into the Judge James Andring Magisterial District building in Leechburg on Friday December 14, 2012. Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch
Brandon Ames Walker, accused of a home invasion robbery in North Apollo on Thursday, is lead into the Judge James Andring Magisterial District building in Leechburg on Friday December 14, 2012. Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch

A Kittanning man released from jail last week is accused of taking two military-style rifles and seven pistols during a Thursday afternoon home invasion in North Apollo.

Brandon Ames Walker, 22, of the 400 block of Clay Street, was arraigned Friday evening on 15 charges including theft, terroristic threats and gun offenses. He was in the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bond.

Kiski Township police Chief Jerrod Thompson said Armstrong County detectives, Kittanning and Kiski police got information about a possible suspect and started to make calls at about 8 a.m. Friday. By 10 a.m. Walker called police and offered to surrender.

He was taken into custody on a Kittanning street and interviewed at the Kittanning police station until he was arraigned Friday afternoon by Leechburg District Judge James Andring.

Walker is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Police are accusing Walker of forcing his way into 1418 Cochran Ave., North Apollo, and holding a knife and a .22-caliber pistol on Derick Shaffer, 22, before taking guns belonging to the Shaffer's father, Skip, a former constable.

In addition to taking the guns, Walker is accused of taking about $480 in Christmas money from the Shaffer home, and Derick Shaffer‘s yellow 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt.

The yellow car with black racing stripes was found in an alley off North Water Street and North Jefferson Avenue in Kittanning.

Thompson said police also have the .22-caliber pistol, knife and a ski mask that Walker allegedly wore.

“This was a team effort,” Thompson said.Walker is facing robbery, theft, terroristic threats and a number of gun-related charges.

When arrested, he was on parole in Westmoreland County for calling in a threat to Kiski High School in Allegheny Township and in Armstrong County for burglary.

“I've been in trouble since I was 10 years old,” Walker told Andring.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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