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Alleged Charleroi mugger jailed

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:33 a.m.
Kayleigh Hewitt, 21, of Charleroi.
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Kayleigh Hewitt, 21, of Charleroi.

A Charleroi woman is accused in an alleged mugging in the 600 block of Washington Ave. in the borough.

Charleroi Regional police charged Kayleigh Marie Hewitt, 21, of 534 Fallowfield Ave., Apt. 1, with robbery-take property by force, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, simple assault, harassment-physical strike and disorderly conduct.

Hewitt allegedly assaulted and robbed Dona Koon 4:30 a.m. Friday after the pair left the Sunoco station on the south end of town.

In an affidavit of probable cause, Officer David Kimball said he was working on reports in the police station at 4:34 a.m. when he observed on a surveillance camera a white woman wearing blue jeans and a multi-colored hoodie running down the alley “at a full sprint.”

He said the woman ran to Sixth Street and turned toward Fallowfield Avenue.

Kimball left the station in search of the woman. But as Kimball was checking the area, he was dispatched to the 600 block of Washington Avenue for a report of a female who had been robbed.

Koon, who Kimball described as being “visibly shaken,”said she was in the Sunoco store buying cigarettes and noticed another woman there.

Kimball said the description provided by Koon matched that of the woman he saw on the surveillance camera at the station and a store surveillance camera.

Koon told police that when she left the store, the woman said she was going the same direction and began walking with her.

When the pair neared the American Legion in the 200 block of Fallowfield Avenue, the woman, later identified as Hewitt, tripped Koon, pushed her to the ground, grabbed the victim's change purse and cigarettes and fled, according to a criminal complaint.

Koon said she chased Hewitt until she reached the 600 block of Washington Avenue.

Koon told Kimball she had approximately $36 in the purse and noted the brand of cigarettes she had purchsed. Officer Chad Zelinsky obtained footage from the Sunoco station and Lt. Mike Polinski identified Hewitt from the video, the complaint states.

Viewing a photo lineup, Koon identified Hewitt as her assailant.

Hewitt was arraigned Tuesday in Charleroi by Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins and placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bond.

She faces a preliminary hearing 9 a.m. May 8 before Hopkins.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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