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Monessen man faces trial for alleged teen mugging

| Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 1:22 a.m.

WASHINGTON, Pa. – A Monessen man accused of robbing a Charleroi teenager at gunpoint was ordered Wednesday to stand trial.

Jon Ray Keith Kennedy Jr., 19, of 227 Knox Ave. faces charges of robbery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, disorderly conduct, harassment and firearms not to be carried without a license.

Kennedy underwent a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Washington County Central Court before Canonsburg Magisterial District Judge David Mark.

Jesse Hannen, 15, testified he was walking on Center Avenue in North Charleroi after exitng a bus about 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14. He was with friends when two men approached and asked for directions to the Charleroi Area High School.

“I told my friends to go ahead, and I'd meet up with them,” Hannen told Assistant District Attorney Josh Carroll.

Hannen testified that he was grabbed by Kennedy, who brandished a handgun.

“He told me, ‘This is real. This is no game. Give me all your stuff,'” Hannen said.

Hannen said he was struck in the right eye and knocked to the ground.

A man with Kennedy – who has not been identified – rummaged through Hannen's pockets and took a wallet and his backpack, the youth testified.

Hannen's wallet contained $105, his identification, a gift card and his high school athletic pass.

Hannen said that after the suspects left, he went to a friend's house and finally home.

He didn't report the alleged incident to police until two days later.

As Hannen was being interviewed by Charleroi Regional Police Officer Elijah DeFassio, Officer Michael Kresich asked him to describe the suspect and the gun. Hannen then picked Kennedy out of a photo lineup.

Hannen told Washington County Chief Public Defender Glenn Alterio he received medical treatment for an eye injury after filing the police report.

A day after the alleged robbery, Kennedy was arrested by Kresich and Officer Ryan Brand following a traffic stop on Lincoln Avenue.

In that case, Kennedy, a passenger, allegedly threw a .22-caliber revolver out of the vehicle.

Police claim Kennedy was sitting on a black backpack that contained suspected crack cocaine, marijuana and bullets for the gun.

The backpack contained Hannen's athletic pass and a gift card, which he identified at the police station.

Following the traffic stop, Kennedy was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on those charges at 10 a.m. Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins of Charleroi.

Kennedy was returned to the Washington County Correctional Facility, where he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond for the alleged robbery and $25,000 bond on the traffic stop charges.

A charge of firearms not to be carried without a license was added to the robbery case.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at