Youths suspected in weekend Shadyside robbery spree
A band of young men is suspected of robbing at least four people over the weekend in the Shadyside area, Pittsburgh police said today.
Three people were held up within 40 minutes of one another last night, said police spokeswoman Diane Richard.
The first of yesterday’s robberies happened after 9 p.m. in Shadyside, when four of the assailants approached a man who was walking near the intersection of College and Fifth avenues and demanded his cell phone. One of the suspects searched the victim’s pockets and removed his keys before all four fled toward Walnut Street, police said.
Nine minutes later, three young men approached another man as he walked toward his Walnut Street apartment. One of the suspects had a gun and demanded the victim give him everything in his pockets, police said. The suspects fled toward Denniston Avenue with the victim’s cell phone and wallet.
Just before 10 p.m., a man was approached on East End Avenue by two young men, one of whom pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his money. The victim refused, and the suspects ran after the man knocked on the door of a nearby residence, police said.
The weekend robbery spree started in Shadyside just after 11 p.m. Friday, when four robbers approached a man from behind as he walked on Elmer Street. One of the youths pressed a hard object into the man’s back while the other suspects asked if he had anything of value.
The suspects took his wallet and ran toward College Avenue along with a group of another four young men, police said.
None of the victims was injured. The suspects are all described as black, likely younger than 18, wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts and black jeans.
Anyone with information can call the Squirrel Hill police station at 412-422-6520.