McKeesport man held for trial in pizza delivery robbery
A McKeesport man charged with robbing a Homestead pizza delivery driver is headed to trial.
Maris Chandler, 52, remains lodged in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bond stemming from a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
Magisterial District Judge Thomas R. Torkowsky held for court charges of theft by unlawful taking, unlawful restraint, conspiracy and three different felony grades of robbery.
Charges stem from an incident on May 19 at 12:23 a.m. along the 800 block of Amity Street.
The pizza delivery man reportedly was walking along the street when he was approached by a black man wearing a black shirt with two yellow vertical stripes who said, “Can you help for a minute with this?”
The delivery man then was grabbed and forced into an apartment hallway and forced against a wall by the man and another person, according to court documents.
The second suspect is not identified in the criminal complaint. Chandler is named as the man with the striped shirt.
The victim reported a knife was held to his throat and his life was threatened by the other man, who was wearing a camouflage shirt. The victim was struck in the head and sustained a laceration.
Items reported stolen included a black serrated “buck” knife, between $70 and $80 in cash, an electronic cigarette and Ray Ban sunglasses.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Homestead police at 412-461-1340.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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