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Fayette Craigslist case hits snag

| Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Criminal charges against one of five men accused of using Craigslist ads to lure people to Uniontown to be robbed have been dismissed but are likely to be refiled, according to a prosecutor.

Charges of conspiracy, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and attempted robbery were dismissed against Ishmael DeShields, 18, of 53 Varndell St., Uniontown, when the victim did not appear for a hearing on Tuesday before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros.

Assistant District Attorney J.W. Eddy said the witness was not notified of the hearing because the phone police used to contact him is in evidence.

Once police are able to contact the victim, Eddy said the charges likely will be filed again.

Two other Uniontown men, Roy Johnson Jr. of 138 Searight Ave. and Warare Wilkerson of 68 Pershing Court were held for trial on charges of conspiracy and reckless endangerment.

A fourth man, Xavier Thomas, 20, of 217 Union Street, Uniontown, faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 16 and a fifth man, Kyle Bass, is wanted on an arrest warrant.

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