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2 charged, 2 sought in Vandergrift street robbery

posted Dec 4, 2010, 8:29 AM by Joseph Gray

Saturday, December 4, 2010
Last updated: 10:20 am

A Pittsburgh man is in jail after police say he and others beat up and robbed two local men walking along a street early Friday.

Todd Edward Eggleton, 26, of 172 Pearl St., in the city's Bloomfield neighborhood, is in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail after being arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, robbery and related charges.

Melissa Jo Coleman, 28, of 309 Longfellow Street, Apt. C, Vandergrift, was charged with aggravated assault and robbery, along with other charges. She was released on a $25,000 recognizance bond.

Police are still looking for two men who were involved in the fight. They are described as black men with thin builds.

Police said the two victims — a 29-year-old from Vandergrift and a 20-year-old from the Kiski Valley — were walking along 27th Street about 2:45 a.m. Friday when a group of people approached from Emerson Street and began yelling at them.

Eggleton allegedly ordered one of the men to give him money, and was refused, according to a police affidavit. Eggleton then punched the man in the face, police said.

Eggleton, Coleman and the two other men allegedly hit the victims repeatedly and, once on the ground, kicked them repeatedly, according to police. Both men were knocked to the ground, and one was unable to get up, police said.

Police were called to a report of a fight and found one of the victims on the ground, bleeding from the head.

One of the victims said Eggleton made off with his brown hooded jacket, car keys and cell phone, police said.

An officer searched the area and could hear a man inside an apartment talking about beating someone up and needing to get cleaned up. Coleman and Eggleton were inside the apartment, police said.

Officers noticed a dirty brown hoodie on the floor matching the description of the missing jacket — and allegedly found the keys inside the jacket.

Vandergrift Patrolman Joe Gray said Eggleton admitted to having had an altercation, but his story did not match up with others'.

The man on the ground was admitted to Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Harrison, in stable condition. The other man was treated at the scene.