Attorneys argue police arrested wrong person in Pittsburgh bakery robbery

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Defense attorneys preparing for a bail hearing today plan to argue that surveillance footage, a meeting sign-in sheet and witness accounts will prove their client was at a meeting in Oakland during the Homewood robbery he is accused of committing.

DeAndre Brown, 26, of Lincoln-Lemington was arrested Sept. 16 in the robbery of Dana's Bakery on North Homewood Avenue six days earlier. He has remained in the Allegheny County Jail since then.

Pittsburgh police were called to the bakery shortly before 3 p.m. Sept. 10 for a report that a man with a silver revolver demanded money from an employee, took some out of a cash register and left. The man wore a shirt over his face that occasionally fell down.

When police came to the bakery again the next day, the employee told them that the robber visited the bakery that morning and he recorded a video of the robber's car leaving the bakery, according to a criminal complaint. Police wrote that they traced that car to Mr. Brown.

Mr. Brown's attorneys said they obtained surveillance footage last week that shows a man who looks like their client and was wearing the same outfit as him walking into the Carnegie Library's Oakland branch around the time of the robbery. They have also obtained a sign-in sheet proving that Mr. Brown, a security guard, was at a meeting there and spoke to several witnesses, said attorney Daniel Muessig, who is representing Mr. Brown along with attorney Patrick Nightingale.

"There's no shortage of people that know that he was there," Mr. Muessig said

Mr. Brown's attorneys said they brought a witness to Mr. Brown's preliminary hearing in hopes of having the charges thrown out but were disappointed because they did not feel investigators did enough then to check Mr. Brown's alibi.

The Allegheny County district attorney's office received a copy of the surveillance footage from defense attorneys Wednesday, according to spokesman Mike Manko.

"We're looking at it. We're not prepared to act upon it at this point," he said.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published October 16, 2013 8:00 PM


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