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Wrongfully arrested man sues city of Pittsburgh, police

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Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9:36 p.m.

Two Pittsburgh police officers ignored clear evidence that a library security guard was innocent when they arrested him on Sept. 16 for the armed robbery of Dana's Bakery in Homewood, the man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

DeAndre Brown, 26, of Lincoln-Larimer is suing the city, Detective Nicholas Bobbs, Officer Frank Welling and as yet unnamed police supervisors for false arrest, wrongful imprisonment, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

A city spokesman couldn't be reached for comment.

Brown, a security guard at the Carnegie Library in Homewood, was attending a work-related seminar four miles away at the main branch in Oakland on Sept. 10 when the bakery was robbed, the lawsuit says.

Despite video surveillance, sign-in sheets and eyewitnesses confirming he was at the seminar, police charged him with the robbery based on a bakery employee identifying Brown, a frequent customer, as the robber when he came into the store the next day, the lawsuit says.

Brown spent 36 days in jail and another 13 days on electronic monitoring until the District Attorney's Office withdrew the charges, the lawsuit says.




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