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Arrest made in Monessen break-in

Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Jason Hartley of Donora, gets a kiss from his daughter Carsen 1, as they enjoy a dad's day out at Palmer Park in Donora on Friday, November, 15,2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Jason Hartley of Donora, gets a kiss  from his daughter Carsen 1, as they enjoy a dad's day out  at Palmer Park in Donora on Friday, November, 15,2013.

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Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Pitcairn man is facing charges and police are searching for two other men involved in an alleged home invasion in Monessen shortly after midnight Friday.

Rebecca Thompson told police she was sleeping in the bedroom of her 229 Aliquippa Ave. residence when she was grabbed and awakened by three black males asking her the whereabouts of Eddie Bell.

She told the suspects that Bell, the father of her son, does not live there.

One of the males pointed a small black handgun at her head and led Thompson through the house, demanding money, police said.

One suspect stayed with Thompson while the others went through the house.

Thompson said one of the suspects asked her “how much Eddie would pay to get her back.”

Police said the suspects asked Thompson if she makes payments on her vehicle and how much, suggesting they might steal her car. One of the suspects said they were driving a stolen vehicle, Thompson told police.

They left the keys to Thompson's vehicle, but took her ATM card and cell phone, police said.

Thompson was placed in the basement of her residence, where she stayed until the suspects left. She then went to a neighbor's house and called police.

Thompson said the suspects drove away in a dark green Chevrolet Tahoe.

Thompson said the three suspects were all dark-skinned black males. All three suspects were 6 feet, 2 inches tall. Two weighed about 175 while the third weighed about 220 pounds, police said.

All three wore black tossle caps; two wore black clothes and the other wore a grey hooded sweatshirt jacket.

At 1:06 a.m., Donora police stopped a vehicle matching the description of the SUV and arrested Derrell Mack, 33, of 500 Second St., Pitcairn.

Donora police had been looking for Mack and two other black males in connection with a home invasion in Donora. No information was available about that incident.

Interviewed at the Monessen police station, Mack said he received a phone call earlier in the night from a man he knew only as Jamar. Mack picked up Jamar and another man whom he did not know, according to police.

The third man told Mack and Jamar that “Special” — better known as Aaron Bell — had 300 bricks of heroin in his house. Bell is Thompson's son, police said.

Mack said they went to Thompson's home and dragged her out of her bedroom, demanding to know where Bell kept his drugs, police said. Mack said Thompson told them Aaron Bell keeps his drugs at his father, Eddie Bell's, house on McMahon Avenue, according to police.

Police said they found a handgun on Mack when he was arrested. An Xbox 360 and $24 in cash were also recovered.

Mack was remanded to the Washington County Detention Center on a state parole violation.

Donora police said they impounded a vehicle registered to David Turner, 1519 Center St., Pittsburgh.

This is not the first time Thompson reported being the victim of a home invasion. The last occasion occurred Jan. 1, 2010, when she resided at 652 Knox Ave., police reported.

Arrested at the time was Edward Pratt, of Pittsburgh. Aaron Bell was home at the time and had a gun pointed at his head, according to police.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or

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