Homewood man arraigned in robbery of state store in Penn Hills

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A Homewood man was arraigned this afternoon on charges he robbed a Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits at gunpoint Friday in Penn Hills.

Ramon Pierce, 42, was being held in the Allegheny County Jail today on $50,000 bond, court records show. Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton said Mr. Pierce had been in a local hospital since Friday being treated for injuries he suffered running over a hill to elude police. Police obtained a warrant Friday for his arrest.

The robbery is one of several recent Wine and Spirits store heists in the area. Penn Hills police will work with other departments and state store investigators to determine if Mr. Pierce can be linked to the others.

Mr. Pierce is accused of pointing a revolver at two employees at the store along Milltown Road around 9:30 a.m. Friday, ordering one to the floor and demanding money from the other, police wrote in a criminal complaint. He fled on foot, then got inside a white school van, according to one of those two employees -- also a store manager -- who followed the suspect, police wrote.

Penn Hills officers responded and followed the van into a McDonald’s lot, where Mr. Pierce jumped out and ran over a hill, police wrote. The chief said Mr. Pierce broke his leg in the process.

A bag police believe he carried with him as he fled contained a gun and cash, among other things. Chief Burton said on Friday that police were still looking for the white van.

Mr. Pierce is charged with robbery, two counts of simple assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and a gun violation. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 21.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944.


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