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Update on Charlotte Drive Gun Encounter

McKeesport man arrested.

Authorities from the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office arrested Robert Becoate, 21, of Soles Street in McKeesport, on Saturday on a warrant issued by the Police Department.

Becoate is the one whom police believe in south Baldwin on June 3, Chief Michael Scott said.

Baldwin police came to the 400 block of Charlotte at around 11 p.m. on June 3 to find the victim, who said that a man known to his son had entered his home and demanded money at gunpoint related to a possible drug deal.

The son had arrived at the Charlotte home accompanied by the gunman, but the gunman did not reveal his weapon until the son and father refused to cooperate with him.

The father went upstairs after hearing a commotion in the son's bedroom, and that is when the gun was drawn and aimed at the father.

When the gun was drawn, the son jumped out of an open window at the Charlotte home and ran to a nearby Elaine Drive residence to take safety.

There were no shots fired and no major injuries.

Becoate lists Bataan Drive in Clairton as a second address.

UPDATE: Becoate had an Aug. 22 arraignment at the Allegheny County Courthouse, resulting in a pretrial conference scheduled for Sept. 14.

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cc June 19, 2012 at 02:22 AM
The son is a coward to leave his father standing there and run for safety. I am just glad his father wasn't shot.
Billee June 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Everyone has a different reaction to the fight or flight response unless properly trained. His protective instinct score must be low! Correct me if I'm wrong but considering the details of the story dad would have been covered under Castle Doctrine. Castle Doctrine - What ever force was needed to protect his life in that particular situation.
JustMe June 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Yes we are allowed to shoot someone if they are inside our home in Pennsylvania.
Robert Edward Healy, III August 31, 2012 at 02:33 PM
UPDATE: Becoate had an Aug. 22 arraignment at the Allegheny County Courthouse, resulting in a pretrial conference scheduled for Sept. 14.
Robert Edward Healy, III September 18, 2012 at 05:40 AM
UPDATE: Becoate has been scheduled for a jury trial to begin on Nov. 28.
Robert Edward Healy, III November 29, 2012 at 02:12 AM
UPDATE: Becoate's jury trial has been continued to March 11.
Robert Edward Healy, III March 13, 2013 at 05:26 PM
UPDATE: Becoate's jury trial has been continued to May 22.
Robert Edward Healy, III May 24, 2013 at 06:48 AM
UPDATE: Becoate's jury trial has been continued to Aug. 19.
Robert Edward Healy, III August 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM
UPDATE: Becoate's jury trial has been continued to Dec. 13.

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