Two McKees Rocks Men Face Robbery Charges in Swissvale Break-in
The men had preliminary hearings last week before District Judge Thomas Caulfield in Forest Hills for the Jan. 22 home invasion on Ardmore Street.
David Moore, 19, and Josh Frazier, 23, both of McKees Rocks, face a number of charges in connection with a home invasion on Jan. 22 at a home in the 7500 block of Ardmore Street in Swissvale.
Both men waived their right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Thomas Caulfield on Feb. 20 in his Forest Hills courtroom. Swissvale police filed numerous charges against the two men, who broke into the house and attempted to rob a man and two of his relatives.
According to a criminal complaint, Moore, Frazier and an unidentified woman entered through the front door. All three were wearing masks and the two men sprayed pepper spray as they began grabbing property from the house.
The resident grabbed a snow shovel and began hitting Frazier, and then grabbed Moore and removed his mask. Moore fled the scene, according to the complaint, and the woman jumped from the back bedroom window and fled down Scott Way.
Frazier and the resident continued to fight until the resident was able to pin him to the front step of the home, where he held Frazier until police arrived. Police determined that Frazier dates the residents' cousin.
One of the residents gave police a description of Moore's clothing—a black mask with a skull and a jacket with a skull and wings—which enabled police to locate him on Monongahela Avenue near Park Street. He was taken into custody.
Frazier was transported to UPMC Mercy hospital, where he was admitted for injuries sustained during the incident.
The woman involved is described as a black woman with bangs wearing a black zippered hoodie with a white design, and a black sweater underneath. She was wearing black pants and a gold scarf with black polka dots.
Swissvale police charged both Moore and Frazier with burglary, robbery-commit threat (first/second degree felony), two counts of conspiracy-robbery-commit threat (first/second degree felony), simple assault and conspiracy-simple assault.
Bail was initially set for Frazier at $100,000 and $50,000 for Moore, but it was reduced to $25,000 for each. Both remain in the Allegheny County Jail, unable to post bond.
A formal arraignment for both men is set for April 9 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.