Suspect in Homestead shooting is arrested
A Duquesne man has been charged for his alleged involvement in a gun battle that was part of a series of events that included a possible abduction, an assault and a standoff with police in Homestead last Thursday.
Ronnell Robinson, 19, is accused of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.
He was arraigned on Friday and his bail was set at $50,000.
“He was arrested in the shooting, not for the SWAT situation,” Allegheny County police Lt. Jeffrey Korczyk said.
Korczyk said Robinson had nothing to do with a standoff at an apartment complex along E. Ninth Avenue.
“The SWAT situation stemmed from the shooting, but he wasn't involved,” Korczyk said.
He said the SWAT situation and a shootout on Sarah Street remain under investigation.
Police said one vehicle was hit during a gun battle involving two or more early in the afternoon.
A Homestead woman called police at approximately 1:40 p.m. to say that someone told her that her 16-year-old son was missing.
The boy later was found on Fifteenth Avenue with injuries consistent with having been beaten.
Soon after the woman's call, the FBI's Pittsburgh office told Homestead police that the abduction suspects and victim might be located in an apartment complex at 331 E. Ninth Ave.
A SWAT team and other county and local law enforcement officerss and hostage negotiators surrounded the building. Police said they found blood and signs of an assault in the apartment's basement. People were detained for questioning in the possible kidnapping and standoff, but no arrests have been made.
Robinson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. in front of Magisterial District Judge Thomas Torkowsky.
Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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