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UPDATE: Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect in Mt. Oliver

Date: November 20, 2019
Incident Type: Armed Robbery
Location: Zone 6/Mt. Oliver

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at a business on the 1500 block of Beechview Avenue shortly before noon.

The male suspect fled but police were able to track him to a building on the 100 block of Brownsville Road in Mt. Oliver borough. The male entered an apartment building that is not his, presenting a possible hostage situation. Pittsburgh Police SWAT was called to the scene.

The male was taken into custody inside the apartment around 1 p.m. No one was injured. Residents in the apartments were safely evacuated.

Mt. Oliver Police, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Pittsburgh also responded to the scene.

The male was taken to Police headquarters for questioning. Once charged, he will be transported to the Allegheny County Jail.


UPDATE (Nov. 20, 8:10 p.m.) -- Pittsburgh Bureau of Police detectives arrested Michael Buchanan, 36, for multiple recent robberies.

Buchanan is charged in the Oct. 23 robbery of a First National Bank on the 1100 block of East Carson Street, and the Nov. 16 robbery of a Unimart convenience store in the 1900 block of Brownsville Road. Buchanan was arrested today shortly after committing a robbery at the Dollar Eagle store in the 1500 block of Beechview Avenue.

Buchanan is being housed in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri