Three arrested in heist at Shaler McDonald's

March 4, 2012 8:07 pm

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Police have arrested three men suspected of stealing $2,332 from a McDonald's restaurant in Shaler this morning, firing a gunshot at the ceiling and threatening employees.

All three of the men were armed. No one was injured.

Louis Angelo Rice, 23, of Pittsburgh was arrested at the scene around 4:30 a.m. by an Etna police officer and is awaiting arraignment for aggravated assault, terrorist threats and theft, among other charges.

Allegheny County sheriffs deputies arrested Keith Lamont Fields, 22, of Pittsburgh around 2:30 p.m. in the 5100 block of Columbo Street in Garfield, and he will be arraigned on similar charges.

A third suspect, Gerald Davis, Jr., 22, of Monroeville, was arrested by Monroeville police Sunday night.

According to a criminal complaint, the men were at Cheerleaders in the Strip District when one of them suggested they rob the McDonald's restaurant at 971 William Flynn Highway, saying he had "already scoped it out, and it should be an easy place to rob."

Mr. Rice - who was armed with a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, a 12-inch Browning hunting knife and a can of pepper spray - said he drove the suspects to the restaurant and parked behind a nearby business, according to the criminal complaint.

Mr. Rice told police he entered the restaurant with the other suspects, grabbed a female employee and held the knife to her throat "to gain control"; the woman screamed, and he handed her off to another suspect before jumping over the counter. Mr. Rice said Mr. Fields then fired a shot at the ceiling with a 9 mm Taurus semi-automatic pistol, police said.

Mr. Rice told police that he chased after several employees who tried to flee and that when he returned to the front of the store he was apprehended by police.

Mr. Fields and Mr. Davis fled in a red, two-door Pontiac G6, which was found abandoned at about 11 a.m. in Garfield, according to an emergency dispatch supervisor.

Taryn Luna: 412-263-1985 or tluna@post-gazette.com.
First Published 2012-03-04 05:55:39

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