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Penn Hills man surrenders to face murder charges in Derry Township case

| Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, 1:04 p.m.
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Ronell Lamar Moses Jr.

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 jreeger@tribweb.com.

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