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Brentwood police: Use caution after reported robberies

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 10:42 a.m.

Brentwood police are asking residents to refrain from walking alone at night after a rash of robberies the past two weeks in the Sankey Avenue/Brownsville Road area, all targeting women.

As of Monday, three robberies or attempted robberies were reported in Brentwood, police Chief Robert Butelli said. All occurred overnight.

“Don't be walking alone in that area,” Butelli said. “If for some reason they are alone in that area and they are attacked, give him what he wants. Don't fight him.”

Three similar incidents occurred in the area in Pittsburgh, he said.

Victims reported that the perpetrator is a black man, described in his early 20s and clean shaven, Butelli said. The man typically approaches the women by pulling their hair from behind, he said. Most recently, the robber wore a dark T-shirt and dark pants.

The latest attempted robbery in Brentwood occurred at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, when a woman got off a bus at the intersection of Maytide Street and Brownsville Road, Butelli said.

The woman walked to Churchview Avenue, where she told police she heard footsteps from behind, and then a man pulled her hair and demanded she give him money, the police chief said.

The woman told him she didn't have any, and the man pulled out a gun and ordered the woman to walk down a nearby driveway, Butelli said. This was the first of these robberies in which a gun was used, Butelli said.

A neighbor heard a disturbance and yelled out the window, which caused the man to run, he said.

The woman was not injured, Butelli said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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