Suspect arrested in Penn Hills killing

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Police following the trail of clues left behind after a deadly shooting in Penn Hills arrested a suspect, another victim and three foreign men accused of trying to sell marijuana.

It all began Friday night, when someone made an anonymous 911 call to report a shooting at 8619 Westwood Road. Penn Hills police said that when they arrived, they didn't see anyone but did spot pools of blood and a bloody T-shirt.

They called Allegheny County homicide detectives for backup and, shortly afterward, learned that two shooting victims had arrived at UPMC Shadyside. One of them, 21-year-old Brandon Stokes of Penn Hills, would later die of a single gunshot wound to the chest. The other, 21-year-old Kwasi Prince of Penn Hills, survived a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

During the course of the investigation, witnesses told police they thought that Ronald Riviere, 32, who is from the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, had fired a gun while trying to remove money from his pocket. They told police that the bullet traveled side-to-side through the top layer of skin on Mr. Prince's abdomen and struck Mr. Stokes in the chest. The evidence supports that story, county homicide Sgt. Scott Scherer said.

County police later obtained a warrant to charge Mr. Prince in connection with marijuana and two guns that were found at his home, where the shooting occurred. Police found him at a home on Havana Drive in Plum, where they said they also found "a large quantity of marijuana, cash and five guns ... which included a stolen assault [rifle] and a stolen handgun," according to county police.

Also arrested in connection with the drugs were three men from Jamaica, including one who is wanted in New York.

Michael Siddo, 34, Michael Josephs, 38, and Tarique Smith, 37, face charges of drug possession with intent to deliver, gun violations and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Sgt. Scherer said Mr. Smith initially gave police an incorrect name and they discovered his true identity after he was fingerprinted.

Sgt. Scherer said police do not yet know how large the drug operation is.

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First Published May 1, 2013 12:30 AM


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