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By Michael Hasch
Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

A Turtle Creek man who was wounded in a shootout in Swissvale and whose female companion was shot and killed in an ambush in Homewood has been charged with the fatal shooting of a man during a robbery in Penn Hills.

Thaddeus Crumbley, 33, was arrested late Wednesday on homicide and robbery charges filed in connection with the May 16 slaying of Todd Mattox in the Leechburg Garden Apartment Complex, Allegheny County Police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

Crumbley's accused accomplice, Matthew Ebo, 27, of Homewood, who was sentenced in October to serve two to four years in prison for his conviction on firearms violations, was arrested on Thursday at the State Correctional Institution in Woods Run on homicide and robbery charges, Schurman said.

Mattox was killed during a robbery, but detectives have not determined what prompted the shooting, the lieutenant said.

Crumbley, who is originally from Homewood, was critically wounded during an overnight shootout on June 2 in an apartment building on Milligan Street in Swissvale.

At the time, Crumbley was wanted by Pittsburgh police on a homicide charge in the November 2010 slaying of William Clark, 39, of Wilkinsburg, who was gunned down outside a club on Frankstown Avenue in Homewood.

Crumbley was arrested, but the charges later were withdrawn when witnesses failed to show up for a preliminary hearing, city police Lt. Daniel M. Herrmann said.

Crumbley and Olivia Johns, 25, of Homewood were riding in his mother's car about 5 a.m. Nov. 26 when they pulled over along Gerritt Street, city police said. One or more gunmen riddled the car with bullets; Johns was fatally shot in the head.

City homicide detectives are trying to determine whether Crumbley, who ran from the vehicle before police arrived, was the intended target because Johns was sitting in the driver's seat and the gunmen could not see inside because of the car's tinted windows.

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