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Street Robbery Suspects Lived In Oakland Halfway House

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(Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Two men who live in a Melwood Avenue group home in Oakland are in jail charged with robbery and conspiracy after a rash of street robberies in North Oakland.

The suspects are 24-year old Keith Douglas Williams II, and, 42-year-old Derrick Nathaniel Bragg.

Police said the two went on a robbery spree Sunday night using a BB gun just several blocks from the halfway home where they resided.

Now, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the agency overseeing client referrals to agencies that re-locate clients into halfway homes, is taking a looking at the incident.

Spokeswoman Karen Blumen says the department “wants to make certain that protocols are followed, and expectations are met.”

“These unfortunate incidents are not reflective of the hundreds, if not more than a thousand, clients we serve in residential care,” Beth Monteverde , executive director of Residential Care Services, Inc., said.

Last month, an 18-year old resident of a Shadyside group home also operated by Residential Care was charged with arson, after police said he set fire to the house next door.

Three firefighters were injured trying to douse the flames.

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