A West Virginia man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail on charges that he committed three robberies at knife-point last month and threatened his jitney driver paramour as he rode from location to location.
Terrance Ross, 35, of Morgantown, was arraigned Saturday night on charges of kidnapping, robbery, aggravated and simple assault and access device fraud.
Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that they suspect Mr. Ross robbed three people the night of Aug. 24 into Aug. 25.
The first victim, they said, was a man sitting in a car on Bingham Street when another man demanded his car keys and wallet and said "I'll stab you."
The second was a woman who said a man came up behind her, yanked her iPhone from her hands and ran off.
The third was a woman who said she was walking on East Carson Street when a man pulled out a shiny knife, grabbed her book bag, sliced her arms and ran away while she yelled for help. That woman was treated at UPMC Mercy.
Police wrote that two of the victims took down a license plate, which they traced to a woman who was having a relationship with Mr. Ross.
The woman told police she works as a jitney driver and agreed to drive Mr. Ross in exchange for gas and cigarettes.
She said Mr. Ross would tell her to stop at a location and disappear for a few moments, sometimes saying he was grabbing a drink, sometimes saying he needed to urinate and sometimes providing other excuses, according to the complaint.
Police seized a knife she told them he left in her car.
The woman told police Mr. Ross threatened her and her 16-year-old autistic son and she drove him around out of fear, according to the complaint.
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