Police arrest three local men in Beltzhoover Avenue homicide
Zone Three police officers responded to the 300 block of Beltzhoover Avenue for a report of a male shot in the neck on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 3:20 a.m.
Officers and paramedics arrived to find 30-year-old Albert "A.J." Bock on the front porch with a gunshot wound to the neck. Mr. Bock was pronounced dead at the scene.
Homicide detectives learned that Mr. Bock had just returned home and was having a beer with several other people when three male suspects, one white male and two black males, approached the residence. The suspects produced firearms and robbed the victims.
One of the suspects, later identified as Joseph Gainer, 17, of Mount Washington, demanded to be let into Mr. Bock's home but shot Mr. Bock before entry could be made. The suspects ran on foot on Beltzhoover Avenue, possibly heading towards Warrington Avenue. An arrest warrant was later issued for Mr. Gainer. (
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6:15 p.m ., Joseph Gainer was arrested at his E. Warrington residence. He was charged with criminal homicide, robbery, firearms not to be carried without a license, and criminal conspiracy.
Detectives subsequently questioned another suspect, identified as Aaron Phillips, 18, of Mount Oliver, following the arrest of Mr. Gainer. It was then determined that he participated in the same robbery in which Mr. Bock was killed. Mr. Phillips was charged with criminal homicide, robbery, firearms not to be carried without a license, and criminal conspiracy.
During the course of this investigation, homicide detectives developed further information regarding the third suspects wanted in the Beltzhoover homicide. The detectives obtained a warrant for Andrew James Samuels, 18, from the Beltzhoover area.
The actor learned that there was a warrant for his arrest and came to Police Headquarters with his family and turned himself in.
Mr. Samuels will be charged with one count of criminal homicide; one count criminal conspiracy, one count firearms not to be carried without a license and four counts of robbery. He was transported to the Allegheny County Jail without incident.