ShareThis Page

Police charge 2 adults, 2 teens with armed robberies in McKeesport

| Thursday, July 17, 2014, 4:01 a.m.

Police have filed charges against two adults and two teens in connection with Tuesday's back-to-back armed robberies in McKeesport.

The teens are being charged as adults because a handgun was involved with the robberies, which occurred in the city's Grandview neighborhood. All four suspects were arrested more than an hour later at Century III Mall in West Mifflin where they were allegedly trying to trade devices recovered in the robberies at a cellphone shop.

Paris Harris, 17, of Pittsburgh is being charged as the gunman in the incidents. Police believe Harris was armed with a .22-caliber Ruger revolver when he and another suspect jumped out of a tan Cadillac and robbed two victims in separate incidents. Also charged for the robberies were Trevon McCrary, 19, of Duquesne; Marvin Sheppard, 20, of Baldwin; and Paul Webb, 17, of Pittsburgh.

The first robbery occurred at 3:40 p.m. in the area of McCleary and Ford streets.

Police said the Cadillac pulled up on the victim and two suspects jumped out. One suspect pointed the gun at the victim while another suspect circled around behind him and pulled the victim's hands from his pants pockets.

Police said the suspects took the victim's cellphone then struck him in the head before fleeing in the Cadillac.

At 3:54 p.m. police received another call for a robbery in the area of Indiana and Mercantile streets.

In that incident, police said the Cadillac pulled up on a door-to-door salesman who was walking down the street. Again, two suspects jumped out of the vehicle and approached the victim. Police said they took the man's wallet and cellphone.

Around that same time, police were called to Boyd Street after receiving a report that an armed male had knocked on a resident's door.

McKeesport police Capt. Tim Hanna said police were able to track the suspects to Century III Mall where they were located at the Cell Exchange Store and arrested by officers from Baldwin and West Mifflin police departments.

Hanna said the suspects' vehicle was impounded and police obtained a search warrant for the car.

“The firearm was recovered from the vehicle,” he said.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.