State police are searching for a Penn Hills man charged with homicide after investigators said he opened fire and killed a man who, along with three friends, tried to rob him in Derry Township last week.
Ronnell Moses, 20, also faces charges of kidnapping, a firearms violation and terroristic threats stemming from the confrontation that left Michael Volk, 24, dead of gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen.
Trooper Stephen Limani said Mr. Moses, a black man who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 280 pounds, should be considered "armed and dangerous."
Investigators wrote in a criminal complaint filed today that Jesus Santiago, 42, received a call on Dec. 28 -- the night before Mr. Volk's death -- from a man whose name he did not know telling him that a man named "Mitch" would be staying at his place and selling narcotics.
Troopers wrote in the complaint that Mr. Volk, Mr. Santiago and their girlfriends, Danielle Clawson, 23, and Tiffany Blattenberger, 22, hatched a plan to rob "Mitch." They said Ms. Clawson drove Mr. Volk to a trailer on Stone Quarry Road.
Mr. Volk went inside. Ms. Blattenberger hopped in the car and the women returned 20 minutes later, when Mr. Santiago told them that "Mitch" had shot Mr. Volk, police said.
Troopers wrote that "Mitch" showed a silver handgun and threatened to "shoot everyone in the residence if they wouldn't calm down." They said he called someone who was in the Indiana, Pa., area and asked them to come pick him up.
Troopers later learned that Mr. Volk and "Mitch" had gone to the Walmart in Blairsville the night before the botched robbery and pulled surveillance footage from the store and sent it to local police departments, who helped them identify the suspect, according to the complaint.
Mr. Santiago, Ms. Blattenberger and Ms. Clawson were arrested Sunday on charges of conspiracy to commit criminal homicide and conspiracy to commit robbery. All three are being held in the Westmoreland County Prison without bail.
State police are asking anyone with information about Mr. Moses' whereabouts to call them at 724-832-3288.mobilehome - breaking - neigh_westmoreland
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