The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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July 17, 2013

Victim, cousin identify suspect

FARRELL — Nathan Windham said his family needed milk and diapers so he went to warm up the car while his wife got their kids’ coats and shoes on.

As Windham was outside his car March 21 in the 900 block of Fruit Avenue, Farrell, a man approached, pulled a mask over his face, pointed a revolver at his chest and said, “Anything you got, give it up.”

Windham testified Tuesday at the preliminary hearing for Jashaad Coleman, 19, of 114 Spearman Ave., Farrell, that he said everything was in his pocket, and the gunman reached in and stole about $30, a wallet and identification cards.

Windham said he had never seen Coleman before, but got a good enough look at him as Coleman walked up Fruit before he pulled the mask down to identify him in court. While it was dark at about 9 p.m., when the robbery occurred, the street light near Windham’s home provided ample light, he testified.

There was a second person present during the robbery, but that person, Jamell Brown, said he did not know that Coleman, his cousin, was planning anything when they hooked up earlier.

Jamell, testifying with a grant of immunity for his preliminary hearing testimony, said he was walking on Roemer Boulevard in Farrell when he saw his cousin, and they decided to walk home together.

At one point, Coleman said he “had to make a run real quick.” Jamell said the statement didn’t mean anything to him, but Coleman went ahead and he saw him pull out the gun and rob Windham.

They ran to Emerson Avenue, and Coleman said he had gotten $35, Brown said.

Jamell was 16 at the time.

Assistant Public Defender Gregory D. Metrick argued prosecutors had not presented enough evidence to support charges of conspiracy to commit robbery or corruption of a minor as there was no discussion between Coleman and Brown about the crime.

Assistant District Attorney James L. Ryan responded that Jamell, who could have been viewed by Windham as a lookout, “was dragged into an armed robbery” and was “lured into participating in a way.”

He agreed that there was no overt language used between the young men concerning the robbery but Jamell “stuck around” when Coleman pulled the revolver.

District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, held for court those charges and robbery, carrying a firearm without a license, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment.

Also Tuesday, Coleman waived to court charges of carrying a firearm without a license, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and prohibited offensive weapon stemming from his arrest June 16 in the 1100 block of Walnut Street, Farrell, when he was seen to have a .22-caliber handgun when police broke up a house party.

Coleman was returned to Mercer County Jail on $150,000 bail.

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