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Man charged in multi-state robbery spree, including several local incidents

An Idaho man is behind bars after allegedly robbing a number of businesses within both the Pittsburgh region and nearby Ohio.

According to Allegheny County Police, 21-year-old Miambo Maombi was arrested June 16 in Hendricks County, Indiana after a crime spree that spanned several days.

“I’m so happy,” said Shashank Reddy Gatto, the General Manager of the Domino’s Pizza in West View.

Shashank was inside his store training a new employee and preparing to close up on June 6 shortly after midnight when Maombi allegedly barged in demanding cash.

Shashank told Channel 11 that the robber was shouting threats and forced the victims inside the freezer. Thankfully, Shashank was able to lock the door from inside, and used his smart watch to message for help. He is grateful to police for a quick response, but the suspect managed to get away.

After that, a similar robbery was reported at a Domino’s Pizza in Robinson Township on June 7. Then, during the early morning hours of June 9, robberies were reported at 7-Elevens in South Fayette and Castle Shannon. In the Castle Shannon incident, the suspect reportedly brandished a handgun and ordered the clerk and customers to the ground.

The crook again got away, and next robbed two businesses in the state of Ohio, according to investigators.

Hendricks County Sheriff’s Deputies reportedly nabbed Maombi after he fled from a traffic stop on June 16. He remains behind bars there, and will be extradited to Ohio. Local detectives are collaborating with multiple agencies, including the FBI Cleveland Field Office, to determine the “appropriate venue for additional criminal charges,” according to a statement.