Bail lowered for man accused in Homewood bakery robbery
The mother of a security guard accused of robbing a bakery in Homewood said she is thankful a judge on Thursday lowered her son's bail to an amount her family can pay but is frustrated he's still being charged.
“He shouldn't have been in jail in the first place,” said Yvonne Brown of Indian Trail, N.C. “He's been sitting there for a month.”
DeAndre Brown, 26, of East Liberty, a security guard at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, is accused of robbing Dana's Bakery on Homewood Avenue about 2:45 p.m. Sept. 10. He is charged with robbery and possessing a firearm.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski lowered Brown's bail from $105,000 to $10,000.
Yvonne Brown said she expects her son to be released from jail on Friday.
Brown's attorney, Patrick Nightingale, claims his client could not have committed the crime because he was at a three-hour, job-related training seminar in Oakland at the time. Nightingale said he has a sign-in sheet from the training seminar, surveillance footage of Brown entering the building at 2:10 p.m. and co-workers who can place him in the training seminar.
“We have a very real alibi defense that we have presented to the district attorney's office,” Nightingale said.
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer DiGiovanni did not object to Nightingale's request for Brown's bond to be lowered. The district attorney's office reviewed the surveillance video on Wednesday and ordered a Pittsburgh police detective to interview Brown's co-workers and supervisor. Mike Manko, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said there are no plans to drop the charges but said the case is under review.
“We thank the DA's office for investigating this matter at our request at this early stage in the proceedings,” Nightingale said. “We understand defense attorneys are always screaming their clients are innocent, but this is a situation where we believe the evidence is significant and irrefutable.”
Police arrested Brown, who has no criminal record, on Sept. 16 after Lloyd Bundy, who works at the bakery, identified him as the robber. Bundy, 54, of Homewood declined comment.
According to a criminal complaint, a man with a white T-shirt covering part of his face entered the bakery and demanded money. Bundy told police he caught a glimpse of the man's face when the shirt fell while he fidgeted with the register.
The following day, the complaint states, Bundy called 911 when he recognized a man at the shop as the one who had robbed him and reported his license plate to police.
Nightingale said Bundy identified Brown because he works nearby and visits the shop often.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He canbe reached at 412-391-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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