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Two men waive hearings in holdup

by The Indiana Gazette on April 25, 2014 11:00 AM

BLAIRSVILLE — Two men accused in a beating and robbery in an Indiana apartment will face possible trial on the charges in Indiana County Common Pleas Court.

Suspects David Curriston Jr., 20, of Dutch Run Road, near Shelocta, and Jason Hall, 19, of Sagamore, Armstrong County, waived their rights to preliminary hearings at a scheduled appearance Wednesday in Blairs-ville District Court.

Indiana Borough police charged that Curriston had arranged to buy marijuana on April 2 from Josiah Monardo of 845 Maple St. and that Hall accompanied Curriston to Monardo’s apartment.

Once inside, police say, Curriston drew a handgun and hit Monardo’s roommate, Robert Culp Jr. Hall then threatened the residents with a claw hammer and a screwdriver.

Curriston and Hall then took about an ounce of marijuana from the kitchen and stole $100 from Culp and fled from the apartment, according to the charges.

Culp required treatment at Indiana Regional Medical Center for a laceration on his head.

Neither of the victims knew the suspects’ names, according to police, but told investigators that the visitor who came to buy pot from them was the brother of a friend. Detectives checked the friend’s Facebook page and identified that suspect as Curriston, then pinpointed Hall as the accomplice after interviewing Curriston’s mother, court papers show.

Police arrested both less than 24 hours after the holdup.

Both are charged with two counts each of robbery and theft; Curriston also is charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Court records show Curriston remains in the Indiana County Jail with bond set at $25,000, and that Hall was released Wednesday on unsecured bond of $15,000.

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