Charges filed in Donora, Monessen break-ins
By Chris Buckley
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 12:16 a.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
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.
- Local runners set for Boston
- Local kids enjoy Easter egg hunts
- BVA senior takes Relay for Life personal
- Charleroi Regional Police Board nixes council request
- Grant helps Belle Vernon teacher build collection of Civil War artifacts
- Brownsville Area senior wins major honor at state farm show
- Bellmar High School alumni share special bond
- Pastor’s childhood tale, scar key to Easter message
- Electric heater blamed for Charleroi house fire
- Drug suspect’s escape try fails
- Ozarks tournament filled with pageantry, top players in 1961