Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trial Ordered in Casino Patron Robberies

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trial Ordered in Casino Patron Robberies

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A Braddock man smiled in court while investigators laid out the evidence accusing him of trying to rob three people he spotted at the Rivers Casino, twice following men to their Ross homes and once beating a man.

The preliminary hearing for Dustin Andrejco-Jones, 25, began in dramatic fashion Friday morning when the defendant told District Judge Hugh McGough he wanted to "fire the public defender's office" for providing inadequate representation.

The judge denied his request, saying he did not provide any proof of poor counsel. Angry over the decision, Mr. Andrejco-Jones shouted while the judge tried to swear in the first witness.

After chastising him several times for disrupting the hearing, the judge ordered Mr. Andrejco-Jones to sit in a chair away from the bench for the rest of the 2 1/2-hour proceeding.

The first witness, Ronald Eritano, said he and his wife went to the Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Side about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and left about 6:30 p.m. They took the elevator to the fourth floor of the parking garage.

Just as Mr. Eritano was about to get inside his car, a man wearing a hoodie and a hat ran toward him, demanded money and mentioned a gun. The man struck Mr. Eritano in the chest. Mr. Eritano's wife screamed and the man ran away without getting anything, he said.

State police who work at the casino began scanning surveillance footage for leads. Trooper Mario Schiavo walked the court through a series of videos that he said showed Mr. Andrejco-Jones pulling into the parking garage in a silver or blue sedan registered to his father and then heading into the casino.

Once inside, Mr. Andrejco-Jones showed photo ID and used a player's card to purchase food at a cafe and returned to the parking garage, then moved his car to another space inside, the trooper said.

Trooper Schiavo showed video of a man he identified as Mr. …

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