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Donora home invasion suspect held for trial

| Friday, March 25, 2011

MONONGAHELA — A Donora man was ordered held for court Thursday for his alleged involvement in a home invasion earlier this month in the borough.

Kyle Fisher, 22, of 109 Castner Ave., is facing trial on charges of burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal conspiracy, theft, possessing instruments of a crime with intent, false reports to law enforcement, firearms not to be carried without a license, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, reckless driving, fleeing or eluding police and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicles or property.

Kidnapping charges were withdrawn by Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela after defense attorney Gary Gearson argued that the alleged victims, Teddy Wagner and his girlfriend Amanda Turney, were not moved substantially from their home nor confined.

Another suspect in the incident, Algin Youngblood, 35, of Donora, remains at large.

The two are suspected of breaking into a home at 110 Fifth St. shortly before 12:30 a.m. March 4, holding the couple at gunpoint and then leading police on a high-speed chase.

Wagner testified during Thursday's hearing that he was awakened by the sound of Turney screaming his name. Wagner attempted to wrestle a silver handgun from one of the suspects but gave up the fight when the second suspect came up from behind him and held a gun to his head, demanding money, he testified.

Wagner said he directed them to the living room, where they took a cardboard box containing five $20 bills. He told the suspect his silent alarm had been activated and they fled.

Wagner said he could not give a description of the suspects because his residence was "pitch black" at the time. He said the two men were dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered.

Donora police Officer Keith Charlton testified that shortly after he received the 911 call, he spotted a Cavalier being driven through the Donora Industrial Park, which is several blocks from the Wagner home.

When the driver began speeding and running stop signs, Charlton said, he pursued the car. The officer said he recognized Fisher as the driver.

Charlton testified that the car struck four parked vehicles before Fisher and Youngblood jumped out of the moving car.

Inside the abandoned car, Charlton said, he found the cardboard box that Wagner later identified with the five $20 bills inside. Youngblood's wallet was also found inside the vehicle.

A short while later, Fisher called police to report his car had been stolen.

Fisher told Charlton he heard on the police radio that the car was involved in a high-speed chase, the officer testified.

Charlton further said that he accidentally changed the channel on his police band radio during the chase, so it was impossible for Fisher to know about the chase unless he witnessed it or was involved in it.

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