First week of 2011 a busy one for Zone 3 police officers
The first week of the new year was a busy one for Zone 3 police officers, responding to home invasion, robbery and child abuse calls within South Pittsburgh.
On Monday morning of January 3 officers were sent to the 100 block of Virginia Avenue for a report of a home invasion in progress. Upon arrival officers made contact with three male victims, all in their early-mid 20s, who share the residence.
The victims were able to provide a brief description of two suspects which was relayed to responding units. The area was checked for the suspects without success.
The victims reported they were upstairs in the residence when they heard a knock at the door. They believed that it was their roommate returning from picking up food. One victim indicated he went down to the first floor of his home and saw two black men in the kitchen area by the rear door.
At this time the third victim came through the rear door and the suspects asked for money and drugs. The men took the victims through the house at gunpoint and demanded money and made them empty their pockets. The residents of the home were taken to the basement where one of them was tied up.
The suspects then fled the residence in an unknown direction with more than $500 in cash, a wallet with credit cards and personal ID, cell phones and keys.
The first suspect is a black male, 5'10", 170 lbs ., tattoos on left and right hands and wearing a purple hoodie sweatshirt, black baseball cap, mesh ski mask and black jeans ripped in the leg areas.
The second suspect is a black male, 6'6", 190 lbs ., thin build, scruffy facial hair, two tear drop tattoos on his face wearing a black jacket w/gold design, black casual pants and black baseball cap.
The Major Crimes Unit responded along with Robbery detectives to begin the investigative process.
The Robbery Squad is investigating the incident and is asking anyone who can provide any information to contact the Robbery Squad at 412-323-7151. Callers may remain anonymous.
At approximately 11:45 on Tuesday, Jan. 4 an employee from Capri Pizza, in the 200 block of Brownsville Road, went on a food delivery to an address in the 400 block of Daytona. When the employee exited his vehicle he reported a young looking black male with a small handgun approached him from the rear of his vehicle.
The delivery driver reported the suspect pointed the gun at him and demanded money. The 38 year old victim complied and reached into his pocket to give the actor the cash in his possession. As he was pulling the cash from his pocket he was shot in the right leg by the suspect.
The suspect grabbed approximately $200-$300 cash from the delivery driver and fled on foot.
The victim was able to call 911 for emergency assistance and was transported by EMS to UPMC Mercy Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the right thigh. The attending physician indicated the man would need surgery to repair a broken leg due to the gunshot wound.
The actor was described as a black male, 18 year old, 5'2", 100 lbs ., small build, black hair, medium complexion wearing a blue hoodie sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Early on Thursday, Jan. 6, Zone 3 officers observed two black men walking on Brownsville Road. One of the men fit the description of the suspect involved in the robbery and shooting of the Capri Pizza delivery driver.
When the officers approached the individuals to make identification, one of the men complied while the other fled on foot. The second man was apprehended at Matthews Ave. and Roll Way. A struggled ensued with officers and 18 stamped bags of suspected heroin fell from his hooded sweatshirt pocket.
The suspect was arrested and also was found to possess marijuana. Both men were transported to Police Headquarters for interviewing as persons of interest in the robbery and shooting of the Capri Pizza employee.
Police arrested Evan Michael Andrews, 19, for possession of two controlled substances. After the interview process, Mr. Andrews was also arrested and charged with the robbery and shooting of the pizza delivery driver.
He was transported to the Allegheny County Jail and charged with one count each Carrying a Firearm Without a License; Aggravated Assault, Robbery and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.
Also early Thursday morning, officers were called to assist paramedics in the 300 block of Arabella Street for a two-year-old boy who fell out of bed and was not breathing. The paramedics transported the child to UPMC Children's Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
The boyfriend of the child's mother, William Detillo, left before police arrived and was later located at Children's Hospital.
Based upon the condition of the child, detectives from the Sex Assault and Homicide Squad responded to conduct an investigation into this case.
Detectives learned Mr. Detillo got up to drive his live-in girlfriend to her job taking along her two-year-old child. He returned home with the child and was going to take care of him while his mother was at work.
Approximately an hour after returning home, Mr. Detillo called 911 to report that the child had fallen out of bed and was not breathing.
Detectives learned the child had acute massive brain trauma, abdominal trauma, and bruising to his face and body, which was inconsistent with the boy falling out of bed. Based on the investigation, the young boy sustained these injuries while under the care of Mr. Detillo.
Detectives consulted with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and after a review of the facts, Mr. Detillo was charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.