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Police nab suspects, cash and 5 hoagies in Harrison holdup

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 1:26 a.m.
 

Shortly after a pizza delivery man was robbed Saturday at gunpoint in Harrison, police say they not only apprehended the two armed robbers, but recovered the stolen cash, a gun and five hoagies.

“I don't know if they heard the (police) dog or police footsteps, but they lost their appetite,” said Harrison Police Chief Mike Klein.

Police were able to find the two suspects within hours of the armed robbery on Saturday at a residence about 50 yards from the crime scene, according to Klein.

Two Pittsburgh men were arrested and face robbery and related charges: Marlon Johnson, 25, and Devon Montgomery, 21.

Police say the two men ordered five hoagies from Fox's Pizza Den in Tarentum for delivery to an apartment building at 5 Wood St. in the Natrona section of Harrison.

When the delivery man arrived, the two suspects were waiting outside. They said they would take him into one of the apartments to deliver the food.

Instead, the men ushered the delivery man to the basement, where one of them pulled out a .40-caliber, semi-automatic Glock handgun and pointed it at his chest, according to the chief.

It was later discovered that the gun was stolen from Butler County.

The men took the delivery man's money, cellphone, car keys and hoagies and fled, Klein said.

The pizza delivery man was unharmed. He was able to alert authorities at about 8 p.m. They brought in a police dog from Springdale Township to search for the men.

Klein said the police dog picked up on the men's scent and guided police to the rear of a residence at 22 Center St.

Police found the suspects inside, according to the chief.

He said police recovered about $200 in cash, the pizza delivery man's cellphone and the five hoagies, Klein said.

Both men were taken to the Allegheny County Jail and arraigned at night court.

They face charges of robbery, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering of another person, criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, unlawful restraint and flight to avoid apprehension.

Johnson, who is accused of having the gun, received an additional charge of carrying a gun without a license.

“It was a great job by all the officers involved,” Klein said. “There was good cooperation between law enforcement and community members that brought this to a successful and safe conclusion.”

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or mthomas@tribweb.com.

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