Homewood robbery suspect with strong alibi gets lower bond

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An Allegheny County judge Thursday lowered the bond for a library security guard who claims he was wrongfully arrested in a Homewood robbery.

DeAndre Brown, 26, of Lincoln-Lemington is accused of robbing Dana's Bakery on North Homewood Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. Sept. 10.

He was arrested six days later after an employee at the bakery told police that the man who robbed the store had visited that morning.

The employee recorded a video of the person's vehicle leaving that day.

When he was arrested, Mr. Brown had a handgun, which he legally purchased on Sept. 12 from a gun dealer, said defense attorney Patrick Nightingale.

Even so, he was charged with being a fugitive in possession of a firearm.

He was being held on a $75,000 straight bond for the robbery, as well as a $30,000 bond on the firearm charge.

But Mr. Nightingale said his client was attending a mandatory training session at the Carnegie Library's Oakland branch at the time of the robbery, and they have witnesses, a sign-in sheet and surveillance video to prove it.

In arguing for a reduced bond, Mr. Nightingale told Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski that his client has no criminal record, will be allowed to return to work at the Carnegie Library branch in Homewood where he has worked for more than three years, lives with his grandmother and is a lifelong resident of the area.

The judge reduced the bond for Mr. Brown to $10,000 at 10 percent.

Mr. Nightingale expected it to be posted Thursday.

"We thank the DA's office for investigating this matter at our request at this early stage in the proceedings," Mr. Nightingale said.

"We understand defense attorneys are always screaming their clients are innocent," he said.

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Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620. First Published October 16, 2013 8:05 PM


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