Juveniles in Connellsville armed robbery charged as adults
Two juveniles allegedly involved in the robbery of a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint in Connellsville have been charged as adults.
Christopher Colbert, 16, of 223 E. Apple St., Connellsville, and Dakoda Keith Shipley, 17, of 914 N. Jefferson St., Connellsville, were arraigned on Friday before District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr. in connection with the Wednesday night robbery.
Under Pennsylvania law, juvenile cases may be transferred to the adult court system when the juvenile is accused of using a deadly weapon during the commission of certain crimes, including robbery.
Colbert and Shipley are accused of conspiring with Cody Darrell, 18, of 1005 Aetna St.; Mark Liston, 18, of 568 Adelaide Road; and Stephen Kozakovsky, 18, of 63 Gibson Terrace, all of Connellsville, to rob a Domino's Pizza delivery driver.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, the men using Darrell's cellphone to call Domino's in Connellsville and ordered a pizza, wings and three 2-liter bottles of soda. They instructed Domino's to deliver the pizza to a residence along Perry Street in Connellsville.
When the delivery driver arrived, police said, Kozakovsky was waiting in front of the house. Kozakovsky told the driver he was going to get money to pay him and walked toward the house.
Shipley and Colbert then approached the driver, and Shipley allegedly pointed a gun at him. The driver was told if he didn't get on the ground, he would be shot.
The driver complied and was told to hand over money. The robbers took $100 in cash, the driver's car keys and the food.
The driver was not injured.
Connellsville police, along with South Connellsville police and a K-9 unit from Perryopolis, made arrests.
Shipley and Colbert were charged with robbery/threat of serious injury, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. Shipley was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, too.
They were placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail each.
A preliminary hearing for all five has been scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday before Haggerty.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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