Penn Hills man surrenders to face murder charges in Derry Township case
A Penn Hills man, accused of shooting and killing an Indiana County man during a botched robbery last week in Derry Township, has surrendered to police.
Ronell Lamar Moses Jr., 20, of Hamilton Drive, was arraigned Friday morning before Derry Township District Judge Mark Bilik on charges of homicide, kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm and terroristic threats.
Moses made arrangements Thursday night to surrender Friday morning, said state police spokesman Steve Limani.
Police had issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Moses, who they allege shot and killed Michael Matthew Volk, 24, of Gamble Road, West Wheatfield, at a mobile home at 131 Quarry Road in the village of Torrance on Dec. 29.
Police said Volk and three others conspired to rob Moses of money and heroin. Moses was staying at the mobile home to sell the drugs, according to police.
Danielle Leigh Clawson, 23, of West Wheatfield, allegedly drove Volk, her boyfriend, to the Quarry Road home, where he planned to rob Moses, originally identified by witnesses as “Mitch,” police said.
Volk met up with Jesus Santiago, 42, who lived at the home, and both went inside, police said.
Clawson left the residence with Santiago‘s girlfriend, Tiffany A. Blattenberger, 22, and they returned to find Volk dead inside, according to police.
Santiago told them “Mitch” had shot Volk.
Clawson, Blattenberger and Santiago allegedly were held inside the mobile home at gunpoint by Moses, who demanded a cellphone and called someone for a ride.
Police identified “Mitch” as Moses after disseminating a surveillance photo taken at the Wal-Mart near Blairsville on Friday night, when he and Volk walked together through the store.
Clawson, Blattenberger and Santiago were charged Sunday with homicide, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. They are charged with homicide because they plotted the robbery that led to Volk's death, police said.
All four suspects face preliminary hearings Jan. 9 before Bilik.
Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Big plays cost Steelers defense in preseason loss at Bills
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin mum on Bryant suspension
- Pirates, Cubs to make up postponed game Sept. 15
- Rossi: Beleaguered Steelers need MVP from Big Ben
- Patience serves as virtue amid prospect Glasnow’s quest for majors
- QB Vick hits ground running in debut
- Pitt star running back Conner remains grounded despite success
- Happ’s strong start, Ramirez’s homer pace Pirates past Rockies
- Shaler man’s effort restores glory to flag display at Millvale post office
- Architecture: Pittsburgh history in 10 houses
- Biertempfel: Pittsburgh native faced quick learning curve as Marlins GM