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2 Charged In Oakland Street Robbery Spree

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FREELAND-WEB-HEADSHOT-2013 Lynne Hayes-Freeland
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Two men have been charged in a rash of robberies in Oakland and police say they apparently used a BB gun during their spree.

Pittsburgh police say some of the victims were students at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

The robberies started just after 9 p.m. Sunday in the 4600 block of Bayard Street. According to police, 24-year-old Keith Douglas Williams II and 42-year-old Derrick Nathaniel Bragg, approached a woman on the street, asked her to open her wallet, stole $100 and ran off.

Minutes later on Bayard, they robbed a man of his wallet and a woman of her purse, stealing $765 in cash and a calculator. They then robbed four men at North Craig and Bayard Street at around 9:18 p.m.

Less than an hour later, the pair allegedly stole $20 from a man who was walking past them on North Craig Street. They tried to rob another man a few minutes after that, but the victim ran away when one of the suspects pulled out what looked like a black handgun.

At about 10:20 p.m., they demanded money from a man in the 4600 block of Centre Avenue. When the victim showed them he had no cash, they forced him to withdraw $200 from a nearby ATM.

Pittsburgh police spotted Bragg near Gold Way and Truro Place. When he ran off, a police dog stopped him. He had to be taken to the hospital for dog bites.

Pittsburgh police arrested Williams in the 300-block of Melwood Avenue. Police recovered a black 5.5mm BB pistol.

Both were taken to the Allegheny County Jail on charges of robbery, criminal conspiracy and possessing instruments of a crime.

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