2 teens charged in Duquesne U. parking lot robbery

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Two teens were arraigned this morning on charges related to a robbery and shooting last night in a parking garage after a high school basketball playoff game on the campus of Duquesne University.

Robert Broadie, 17, and Lafon Ellis, 14, both of the Hill District, are charged with robbery, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Mr. Ellis also is charged with possession of a firearm as a minor.

Campus police were dispatched after a report that shots had been fired at 7:20 p.m. on the third level of the Forbes Garage in the 1000 block of Forbes Avenue.

Police and security personnel responded within seconds to obtain information from the victims, three teens who had attended the City League playoff game between Perry and Allderdice high schools.

The victims told police they were robbed by two youthful looking black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts.

Two of the victims had been forced to lie on the ground while the suspects took $17 from one and a silver chain necklace bearing a cross from the other, according to an affidavit that supports the arrests.

The third victim fled into a stairwell as Mr. Ellis fired at least one shot at him, the affidavit said.

None of the victims was physically injured, police said.

Within minutes, campus police located two suspects at a bus stop outside the A.J. Palumbo Center, and the victims identified them as their attackers.

Mr. Broadie was wearing the chain and cross that had been reported stolen.

Officials at Night Court said Mr. Ellis's case likely will be transferred to juvenile court because of his age.

Both were being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $75,000 bail each, pending a preliminary hearing scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Municipal Court.


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