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Homestead robbery suspect's trial postponed

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Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:56 a.m.

A Homestead man's preliminary hearing on robbery and assault charges has been postponed for a week because he is hospitalized.

Court officials said Rahim Jamel Gene Thomas, 18, was admitted on Tuesday to Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Thomas was scheduled to face Magisterial District Judge Thomas R. Torkowsky in Munhall on Wednesday for a hearing on charges stemming from an April 12 incident.

Thomas and three juveniles, males ages 16 and 17 from Homestead and age 16 from Munhall, are charged with robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit robbery and inflict serious injury.

Thomas had been free on nonmonetary bond. His hearing has been continued until next Wednesday at 1 p.m.

According to a Munhall police criminal complaint, Thomas and three juveniles assaulted a man, emptied his pockets and then stole two sandwiches the victim had just bought from a nearby Subway restaurant.

The criminal complaint said a borough police officer on patrol saw the victim lying on the sidewalk along Main Street.

The victim said four males, three dressed in black, one in white, all wearing hooded sweatshirts, accosted him then took off toward Farragut Street.

Two were arrested coming out of a yard along Ventura Street, while the other two were found coming out of a nearby cemetery.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or

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