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Police say Wilkinsburg man admits to Vandergrift robbery

posted Jul 15, 2010, 12:30 AM by Vandergrift Police

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Police say a man from Wilkinsburg confessed that he went to a Vandergrift house Sunday afternoon to buy marijuana but then decided to rob the two men inside of that marijuana and money.

Dwight Michael Williams, 20, is accused of a robbing the pair about 2:20 p.m. Sunday at a residence in the 100 block of Longfellow Street.

The alleged victims told police they were robbed by a man with a "M.O.B." tattoo on the underside of his left forearm. The man was known to them by the nicknames "Law" or "Pfat," police said.

Vandergrift Officer Joe Gray said a phone tip later in the day sent police to an apartment in the 100 block of Jefferson Avenue, Vandergrift, to search for the suspect. Police determined that Williams was staying there with a man who once had been shot in New Kensington.

"I asked the woman there if she knew a man known as 'Law' and she said no. But when I gave her the guy's description, she said, 'Oh yeah. He's in back,'" Gray said. Williams was arrested without incident.

Police allegedly found about a quarter-ounce of marijuana in the apartment that is believed to have been stolen from the Longfellow Street residence.

Police asked Williams how much money he had on him and he replied, "A couple hundred." When he was searched, police found more than $1,500, according to a police report

Williams allegedly told police he was going to buy regular and hydroponically grown — stronger — marijuana from the two men.

But after smoking some with them, Williams allegedly told police that he decided to rob them.

According to police, Williams said he tucked his lighter in the right sleeve of his T-shirt to mimic a handgun barrel and robbed the men of the marijuana and $75.

Police say the victims insisted that a real gun was involved.

Gray said that is among the many discrepancies in the stories told police by Williams and the two men.

The investigation continues, and more arrests are likely.

A preliminary hearing for Williams is scheduled Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010