2nd Pittsburgh man arrested in East Busway homicide

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A second man was arrested in connection with the killing of a man along the East Busway in Homewood, and Pittsburgh police continued to search Wednesday for leads on a third suspect.

Desmond Young, 20, of Homewood was arrested after an interview at the Pittsburgh police bureau's North Side headquarters Tuesday night. His family helped police coordinate the interview.

Mr. Young was arraigned Wednesday on charges of homicide, robbery and conspiracy in connection with the Oct. 8 shooting death of Omar Islam, 21, whom police have described as an "innocent victim."

Another person, Jordan Bey, 16, of Homewood, also was arrested in connection with the killing after he spoke with police. Both said a third man, listed only as "Blue," was involved.

Both Jordan and Mr. Young told police they met with Blue the night of the killing. Jordan told police they tried to find someone to rob on Facebook and, when that failed, staked out an ATM on North Homewood Avenue. When they still didn't find a target, they began to walk toward the busway.

Mr. Young told police the three sat on a wall on Hamilton Avenue and saw Mr. Islam walk toward the busway. They initially thought Mr. Islam might not have anything because he was wearing sweatpants but decided to rob him anyway, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Either Mr. Young, Jordan or both demanded Mr. Islam's cell phone, according to court documents.

Mr. Young told police Mr. Islam said, "Are you serious? Is this for real?" and then struggled with Mr. Young, striking him in the face.

Police said Jordan shot Mr. Islam once in the leg. When Mr. Islam tried to hobble away, Jordan shot him five times in the back and once in the head, police said.

Police said surveillance video shows Jordan picking up Mr. Islam's cell phone and Mr. Young grabbing Mr. Islam's duffel bag. Mr. Young told police he ran after the first shot was fired and heard Mr. Islam screaming in pain.

Police arrested Jordan, who lives down the street from Mr. Young, a week after the killing and charged him as an adult with homicide, conspiracy and robbery.

Both suspects are being held in the Allegheny County Jail. Jordan faces a Friday preliminary hearing, Mr. Young a Nov. 1 preliminary hearing.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published October 23, 2013 9:49 AM


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