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One teen held, two others sought in in Vandergrift robbery, carjacking

posted Jul 31, 2009, 12:48 PM by Vandergrift Police   [ updated Oct 7, 2009, 10:25 PM ]
By Chuck Biedka, VALLEY NEWS DISPATCH
Friday, September 25, 2009
 
 
One teen from Southeastern Pennsylvania is in custody and police are searching for two others in a Sept. 4 carjacking after a Kiski Area High School football game.

Anthony Michael Ritchie, 18, Newtown, has been arrested and is facing a number of charges including robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle and kidnapping.

Police are looking for Robert Lewis, 18, and Stefan Houser, 19, both of Williamsport.

According to a criminal complaint, the victim had attended Kiski Area's football game when Ritchie and two other teens, accompanied by two females, asked him for a ride to 18th Street at about 11 p.m.

According to the complaint, the victim drove the group in his small Jeep. Once there, one of the three men held a pistol to the driver's head, pulled back the hammer and demanded money.

Police said the suspects took about $210, a cell phone and two iPods from him, then beat him.

Police claim that Lewis handed the gun, money and electronics gear to Ritchie and talked about meeting him later in an apartment where he was staying in the Sandalwood complex in Allegheny Township.

Ritchie and two females then left the Jeep.

Police now are saying that Houser, who was wearing gloves, got behind the wheel and drove to New Kensington with the victim still inside. A previous report said the victim was forced to drive.

When Houser stopped the Jeep at a stop sign near Sheetz, the victim jumped out and ran, police said Thursday.

New Kensington police investigated. The Jeep was abandoned at the Aluminum City Terrace housing complex.

Police obtained a search warrant and raided a Sandalwood apartment at about 3:30 a.m.

Police said they found a pellet gun that looks like a real pistol, a glove of the type allegedly worn by Houser, and some illegal drugs.

Ritchie and the other suspects weren't there.

Police later charged sisters Jaslynn Dunlap, 22, of the Sandalwood apartment, and Ashley Dunlap, 19, of Williamsport, with having a small amount of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Ritchie was arrested at about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police said he was a passenger in a station wagon pulled over in Vandergrift for a burned-out tail light and loud exhaust.

Police said they found a bag of marijuana on the front seat and a cigar containing marijuana.

Police said Ritchie also was in the car, although he gave them a false name and address.

In addition to kidnapping and robbery, Ritchie is charged with false imprisonment, assault, terroristic threats and conspiracy in connection to the carjacking.

He also is charged with giving a false name to police and having drugs the night of his arrest.

Ritchie was arraigned Wednesday and placed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $10,000 cash bond.

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