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Baldwin teenager to face assault charges

| Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

A Baldwin Borough teenager is accused of robbing a woman as she walked alone on Churchview Avenue in Brentwood earlier this month.

The boy, 16, was charged as an adult with simple assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another, unlawful restraint and robbery on July 17 in connection with the incident, Brentwood Chief Robert Butelli said.

This was the second arrest Brentwood police have made in connection with assaults in the area during the last several weeks.

Four assaults were reported in the Sankey, Pyramid and Churchview avenue areas of Brentwood earlier this month, Butelli said. Other robberies occurred in the same vicinity in the City of Pittsburgh. Victims reported that a man approached them from behind and snatched money from them.

Neither of the two arrested so far have been connected to the other robberies, or each other, Butelli said. “We still caution residents to be on guard and be vigilant,” Brentwood Office Matthew DeLallo said. “With these two arrests, we feel the area is much safer. We continue to seek a connection to the other (assaults).”

Police declined to release the boy's name. He faced a preliminary hearing before Judge Donna Jo McDaniel Wednesday, after the South Hills Record's deadline.

Brentwood police on July 10 charged Khari Williams, 18, with robbery, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and recklessly endangering another person in connection with an early-morning assault on Pyramid Avenue on June 8.

An assault on a male on Churchview Avenue in Baldwin Borough earlier this month remains under investigation, police Chief Michael Scott said Tuesday.

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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