Armed robbery charges dropped against a man who proves innocence with surveillance video

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PITTSBURGH —

A spokesperson for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office confirmed to Channel 11's Lisa Sylvester on Friday that armed robbery charges against DeAndre Brown were dropped after he proved his innocence with surveillance video.

This comes after we aired and posted the below story on Thursday.

 


 

A man facing armed robbery charges said he has the surveillance video to prove he's innocent.

DeAndre Brown has to wear an electronic ankle bracelet 24-hours a day. 

Until a month ago, Brown was a security guard at the Carnegie Library's Homewood branch.  Now, he is facing armed robbery charges.

Channel 11 Lisa Sylvester asked, “Is there any way possible that you could have committed this crime?”

“There is no way unless they’re trying to say I’m Superman, where I can be two places at the same time,” Brown said.

On Sept. 10, a man put a gun to a clerk’s face at Dana’s Bakery in Homewood, and took off with $80.

The incident happened at 2:45 p.m. -- when, Brown said, he was at the Carnegie Library in Oakland for a job training seminar.

Brown’s lawyer said surveillance video from the library employee entrance shows Brown arriving a little after 2 p.m. and leaving at 5 p.m.

“You have a man with the same stature and build, including size-14 feet, walking in for training and leaving after training," said the lawyer.

Brown said others are willing to vouch that he was at the training and that he signed a sign-in sheet.

Brown said he was arrested because he was identified by a bakery clerk.   The clerk, who didn’t want to be identified, told Channel 11 he told police Brown “might or might not be one.”


The district attorney has a copy of the surveillance video and is reviewing the case.

Brown, who has no prior criminal record, is facing five to 10 years in prison if convicted.  He spent more than a month in jail before his bond was reduced.

Brown is due in in court next month, but his lawyer hopes it doesn’t get to that.