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2nd suspect in abduction-robbery case surrenders

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 5:37 p.m.

The second suspect in an abduction, robbery and assault in Latrobe surrendered to authorities Wednesday.

Deon Wayne Williams, 34, of 302 S. 6th St., Jeannette, was arraigned before Ligonier District Justice Denise Snyder Thiel on charges of robbery, unlawful restraint, theft, terroristic threats, simple assault and criminal conspiracy.

He was jailed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bond.

"He turned himself in at the Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office at around noon," Latrobe police Detective Ray Dupilka said, noting that county Detective Tony Marcocci took Williams into custody.

"We had put the word out that he was wanted, we told his family, and he did the right thing and came in," Dupilka said.

A day earlier, he and county detectives had arrested Williams' brother, Dameian Williams, after he returned to his home at 307 N. 7th St., Jeannette, while police were executing a search warrant there.

Dameian Williams, 32, was jailed Tuesday on $25,000, though he faces the same charges plus a charge of aggravated assault.

Police allege the brothers robbed and terrorized Seth Burns and Susan Gould, both of Latrobe, shortly after 4:30 a.m. May 11.

Criminal complaints filed with Unity Township District Justice Michael Mahady also stated that they had mistaken Burns for Paul C. Wible, 30, of 26 First St., Latrobe, who was charged earlier this month with selling cocaine out of The Cineburger, a closed restaurant and movie theater at Latrobe 30 Shopping Plaza.

Police were called to Gould's apartment complex at 1539 Ligonier St. on May 11 on a report of an assault and theft.

Burns and Gould said they had gone outside to shut off a car alarm when they were confronted by two black males wearing masks and carrying handguns.

Police allege Deon Williams stole a .38-caliber Taurus revolver and $150 from the victims and also forced Gould at gunpoint to walk into an alley behind her apartment, where he repeatedly threatened her.

Dameian Williams, who allegedly stole Burns' .40-caliber pistol, ordered Burns to drive to The Cineburger, police stated.

After he denied any knowledge or affiliation with the theater, Burns was ultimately ordered to pull into the parking lot of a Catholic church on Hillview Avenue, where he was kicked and threatened at gunpoint, police allege.

Dameian and Deon Williams communicated throughout the assaults by way of cellular telephones, police stated.

Deon Williams joined his brother a short while later and placed the revolver in Burns' mouth, demanding money.

After taking his wallet and inspecting his photo identification, Dameian Williams told Burns, "it's your lucky day," police allege.

Burns and Gould were later released, and the masked suspects fled on foot, with the weapons and cash.

Police allege the robberies and assaults on Burns and Gould were a case of mistaken identity, and that Wible -- who drives the same model car as Burns, a Mercury Cougar -- was the intended target of a planned robbery.

Deon and Dameian Williams will face preliminary hearings, which are tentatively set for June 7 before Mahady.

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