North Side man charged in Homestead assault of woman, 82
A North Side man accused of assaulting an elderly woman outside a Homestead church has been arrested.
Michael Kofi Duku, 18, was arrested at home by state constables on Wednesday morning in connection with an attack on an 82-year-old woman in the 900 block of Ann Street on Aug. 18.
Duku is accused of assaulting the woman as she and her sister walked to their vehicle following a Mass at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. The victim was hospitalized with head and shoulder injuries; Homestead police said she was released on Wednesday.
Duku is one of two men allegedly involved in the attack. Police said they stole the victim's purse, which was recovered a short distance from the crime scene the morning of the incident.
“It kind of struck home,” Homestead police Chief Jeff DeSimone said. “When we have an 82-year-old woman who is brutalized like this, it could be any one of our mothers or fathers.”
“We're just glad that we could bring him in,” the chief said, noting the incident was upsetting to the church and community.
He said the second suspect remains at large.
Duku is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment of another person, robbery, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy. He is being held in Allegheny County Jail on $75,000 bail.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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