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Alleged members of Uniontown 'Killa Squad' charged with riot

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
 

Three Uniontown teenagers, alleged members of a gang called Killa Squad, have been jailed on riot and assault charges over a May 10 fracas on Murray Avenue that ended with several other teens injured, police said.

Three boys, ages 17, 16 and 14, were charged as adults Friday with felony counts of aggravated assault and rioting and misdemeanor charges of simple assault and reckless endangerment before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros.

Warrants were issued for the arrests of two other suspects who face similar charges, according to city police Detective Donald M. Gmitter.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, police were called to a home at 104 Murray Ave. on a report of 20 people fighting with weapons shortly before 8 p.m.

Police reported three male victims were sitting on the porch when a group of as many as 30 people ran into the yard and onto the porch. At least one person brandished a knife, while two others wielded pipes.

All three of the teens on the porch sustained injuries to their hands and were treated in Uniontown Hospital, the complaint stated.

"Throughout the course of this investigation, I learned that the suspects involved are part of gang called the Killa Squad," Gmitter wrote in the complaint. "They use different means of communication to organize criminal activity, including this attack."

Gmitter said the gang uses a "strength in numbers" tactic to commit acts of violence.

"They have also made threats of violence to their victims not to involve the police after an incident occurs," the complaint stated.

City police said charges could be filed against a total of 12 suspects in the Murray Avenue beatings.

The three teens charged as adults were each being held in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

They face preliminary hearings May 25 before Metros.

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