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Police nab suspect in Duquesne Annex incidents

| Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 4:31 a.m.

A Duquesne man is in Allegheny County Jail in connection with a weekend convenience store robbery, and a failed attempt at a second robbery early on Wednesday, in the Duquesne Annex area of West Mifflin.

West Mifflin police said a clerk at the Uni-Mart in the 2300 block of Wharton Boulevard, at the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue, detained Matthew Hough, 22, who then was taken into custody shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

“We were able to get him,” Chief Ken Davies said before Hough was arraigned in Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin's courtroom on three felony charges and five misdemeanor counts.

Hough was placed in the county jail in lieu of $75,000 bond, pending a preliminary hearing before West Mifflin Magisterial District Judge Richard D. Olasz Jr. on Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.

West Mifflin police said Hough admitted he was the perpetrator in the Uni-Mart incident and a Saturday night robbery at R&M Variety in the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

“He demanded money, stating he had a gun,” Davies said about the Saturday robbery. “He received in excess of $1,000.”

No injuries were reported in either incident.

Hough was charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and robbery in the R&M incident and of criminal attempt-robbery in the Uni-Mart case.

He was charged with five misdemeanors, including two apiece of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person and one count of possession of instruments of crime.

Hough's alleged robbery spree came in the midst of other headaches for police and residents of Duquesne Annex.

As Davies reported to borough council on Tuesday night, there have been a series of car break-ins there.

“Please remove all valuables and lock your cars,” the chief urged borough residents. “If you see something suspicious, call the police,” at 412-461-3125.

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

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