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Man admits to pizza-shop holdup

| Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

A Fayette County man was charged with robbery Thursday after he admitted to holding up two clerks at a Brownsville pizza shop.

Brownsville borough police additionally charged Jerry E. Booker II, 30, of 553 Palmer-Adah Road, Adah with aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, theft, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats.

Booker is accused of entering Fox's Pizza at 418 Market St. at 7:55 p.m., demanding money and claiming that he had a gun, according to a criminal complaint filed with District Judge Mike Defino.

Sgt. John Brant noted in an affidavit that a witness at the scene saw the man and identified him as Booker.

The witness told Brant that Booker was on the 300 block of Market Street prior to the robbery when he entered the yard of an abandoned house.

Booker “picked up something, possibly a bottle, and wrapped cloth around it,” the unidentified witness reported.

Booker then covered his face and entered Fox's, the witness said, running out a minute or two later.

Police officers from Redstone and West Brownsville assisted Brant in a search of the area.

A parole agent located Booker at the back of a Baltimore Street residence.

Clothing matching the description of that worn by the robber, along with $135, was found behind the building, police said.

Book originally denied committing the robbery, but later admitted he did it to get money so he and his girlfriend could get a place to live, police said.

Booker was arraigned and placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bond.

He faces a preliminary hearing before Defino on Jan. 21.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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