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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police say they have arrested two suspects in the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery driver during a robbery last weekend in East Liberty.
Authorities say D’Ambrosse Garland, 18, and Timothy Walls, 17, were taken into custody around 5 p.m. Thursday by multiple agencies, including Pittsburgh Police, the SWAT team, U.S. Marshals and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.
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Investigators say they traced Garland and Walls to Lincoln-Lemington, where they were arrested.
The two men are accused in the murder of 56-year-old AbdulGhaniyu Sanusi, who Pittsburgh Police say is also known as Patrick Adesanya, of Lincoln-Lemington.
Sanusi was a Domino’s delivery driver. According to police, he was making a delivery to North St. Clair Avenue last Saturday, Oct. 13, when he was shot in the back and killed. Police believe the two teens murdered Sanusi after yelling, “Give us all your money.”
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“Which is the hardest part, that if they would have just asked him for the money in his pocket, he probably would have given it to them. It wasn’t something they would have had to steal from him,” Wasi Mohammed, who runs the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, said.
While reviewing surveillance footage, a detective recognized one of the suspects as being Garland.
He was wearing a gray hooded-sweatshirt with a white graphic on the front. They compared that footage to a video posted by Garland on Facebook earlier in the day. In Garland’s video, he could be seen wearing the same sweatshirt.
Police say Garland’s been involved with violent gangs and was under house arrest in connection with the shooting of his half brother. Authorities say he shouldn’t have been out on the streets.
When Garland was arrested, he was in possession of two cell phones and a 9mm Hi-Point pistol with an “obliterated” serial number.
During an interview with police, Garland said the gun “just went off” and that the shooting was an accident.
He went on to say, “I feel bad… No one should grow up without a father. If I could take I back, I would.”
Sanusi was married and had seven children.
“When it’s kids that young, I really can’t be that upset with them. It’s really, I feel like what system allowed that to happen? What in their lives or who failed that allowed them to get to a point that they felt they had to do something like this?” Mohammed said.
At the Domino’s in East Liberty where Sanusi worked, his co-workers are relieved to hear there’s been an arrest in the case, but are missing their friend.
“That wont bring Patrick back, but still, its justice, and hopefully, they convict him,” said one of his co-workers. “We’re trying to make money, trying to like lead our daily life, and then bad things happen. People try to rob and kill. I’m scared a little.”
They are remembering Sanusi as a hard-working man trying to be there for his family.
“He was a real cool guy, hard-working guy, trying to provide for his family back home,” the co-worker said. “He’s a really hard-working man, and a really good person.”
Garland and Walls are facing counts of homicide, robbery, conspiracy, as well as gun charges. Police say the 17-year-old Walls will be charged as an adult in the case.
Through their investigation, police also determined the suspects called six pizza restaurants in Pittsburgh on Oct. 15. All of the calls came between 6:06 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.
Police are also thanking the public for assisting in the investigation. They say, “When residents come forward to help police with investigations, police work is significantly more effective and communities are safer.”