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Pittsburgh jury indicts 2 in bank robbery spree case; 3rd suspect to plead guilty |

Pittsburgh jury indicts 2 in bank robbery spree case; 3rd suspect to plead guilty

Natasha Lindstrom
| Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8:25 p.m

A federal grand jury this week indicted two of three people accused of a string of armed bank robberies in Pittsburgh and its suburbs in October, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said y.

Nicole Wallace, 34, of Carnegie and Edward Hooten, 42, of Pittsburgh face charges that carry maximum sentences of up to 25 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

In mid-November, Pittsburgh police arrested and detained Wallace, Hooten and Jason Rini of Heidelberg as suspects in connection to three bank robberies.

Officials did not disclose how much money was stolen.

Rini waived his right to an indictment by a grand jury, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Margaret Philbin said. He is scheduled to plead guilty at a hearing later this month.

The federal grand jury on Tuesday charged both Wallace and Hooten in the armed robbery of the Huntington Bank on Brownsville Road in Carrick on Oct. 17.

Wallace was charged in the attempted armed robbery of First National Bank in Whitehall on Oct. 27, and the armed robbery of First National Bank in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood on Oct. 29.

The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Task Force and FBI Violent Crimes Task Force assisted Pittsburgh police in the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Vasquez Schmitt is prosecuting the case with help from the FBI.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, or via Twitter .

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