Charges will be dropped against a 40-year-old Braddock man who self-identified himself as a suspect in a recent robbery.
A University of Pittsburgh Police officer observed the man on Oct. 23 and believed he resembled the suspect in an Oct. 18 robbery of a Jimmy John's restaurant on the 3400 block of Forbes Avenue.
The officer questioned the male and found him to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and brought to Pittsburgh Police headquarters for questioning regarding the Oct. 18 robbery.
PBP Detectives showed the male surveillance photos of the actual suspect, and the Braddock man stated that it was him in the photographs. He also confirmed that he had been inside the Jimmy John's that day and provided other details about the crime that were only known to detectives.
After consulting with the Allegheny County District Attorney's office, he was charged with Robbery and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and transported to Allegheny County Jail.
Police continued to investigate and determined that although the man self-identified himself as the suspect in the photos, he is not the suspect in the photo and did not rob the restaurant.
Immediately upon learning this, detectives consulted with the District Attorney's Office. All charges are in the process of being withdrawn.
Police continue to investigate the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to please call police at: (412) 323-7800.
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