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Charges filed in Donora, Monessen break-ins

| Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 12:16 a.m.
Derell LeJuan Mack

A Pitcairn man who told police he was among three involved in home invasions in Donora and Monessen early Friday morning was charged Monday by Donora Police.

Derrell Mack, 33, of 500 Second St., was charged with three counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of firearms prohibited, and firearms not to be carried without a license, Donora police reported.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, an SUV driven by Mack was stopped at the intersection of Modisette and Market streets at 1 a.m., shortly after police received a report of a home invasion at 139 Meldon Ave., Donora. Mack was arrested, but two other black males jumped from the SUV and took off on foot.

The vehicle Mack was driving as well as the occupants who fled fit the description of the suspects and suspected vehicle involved in home invasions in Donora and at 229 Al-iquippa Ave., Monessen, according to the affidavit.

Donora police searched the vehicle and found an Xbox and four games, controllers and other items for the video game set, a .357 caliber revolver and a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver, both loaded, as well as $169 and a credit card with the name of Rebecca Thompson, a victim in the Monessen home invasion.

According to the affidavit, Mack gave police a written statement indicating he had been involved in the home invasions and identified one of the other suspects as Jamar Dupree.

Rebecca Thompson told Monessen police she was sleeping in the bedroom of her 229 Aliquippa Ave. residence when she was grabbed and awoken by three black males asking her the whereabouts of Eddie Bell, the father of her son. They threatened her with a handgun and demanded money. Police said they took her ATM card and cell phone.

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 the police.

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

Mack remains in the Washington County Detention Center, where he was initially placed on a state parole violation.

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

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