Police seek help identifying Castle Shannon beating suspect

by Matthew Santoni, Tribune-Review Staff Writer

Allegheny County detectives and Castle Shannon police are offering a reward for information that helps them identify a man who beat a convenience store clerk during a robbery last month.

Police said that a man wearing a worn-out gray shirt and black pants entered the 7-Eleven on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard at about 5 a.m. July 17 and started talking with the clerk. The man then went behind the counter brandishing a knife and demanded money. Police said the man pushed the clerk to the ground and assaulted the clerk.

“It was a hand-to-hand scuffle,” Castle Shannon Police Chief Ken Truver said.

The clerk retreated to a back room uninjured, and the suspect fled.

Police described the suspect as a black male in his 50s, standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches with a medium build. He was balding, with some gray facial hair and “poor hygiene.” Investigators say he frequents the Federal Street area of Pittsburgh's North Side and may go by “Kevin” or the nickname “L.A. Boss.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers line at 412-255-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and prosecution.