Pitt police issue crime alert for armed robbery

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

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Pittsburgh police are seeking two men for an alleged armed robbery that happened Monday night in Oakland.

According to a crime alert from Pitt police issued Tuesday morning, officers were called to the 300 block of Oakland Avenue to assist city police with a report of an armed robbery at about 11:40 p.m., Monday. There, a male victim told police that two men walking from Bates Street approached him and robbed him at gunpoint. The victim was not a Pitt student and did not know the perpetrators, according to Pitt spokesperson John Fedele.

The man told police they took a pack of cigarettes and then fled toward Bates Street. Both had handguns, he said. 

The man described the first suspect as a 16- or 17-year-old black man who was thin and about 5 foot 8 inches tall. The man said the suspect was wearing jeans and a “puffy” black vest and had the side of his head shaved with dreadlocks on top.

He described the second suspect as a 16- or 17-year-old black man with light skin who was thin and also about 5 foot 8 inches. The man said the second suspect was wearing jeans, a gray hoodie and a black “puffy” jacket.

The police ask anyone who has information about this incident to call the Zone 4 city police at 412-422-6520 and reference report CCR #2318 or the Pitt Police at 412-624-2121 and reference report #16-00022.

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