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Two teen-agers have been charged in connection with an alleged kidnapping that began April 5 in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood and ended a few hours later with a suicide in Swissvale.
D'Ambrosse Garland, 17, of Pittsburgh's North Side and Zanaya McKenzie, 17, of Ambridge, Beaver County, are being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Wednesday (April 12) before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.
Both are charged as adults, Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said in a prepared statement.
They are charged with conspiring with Andre Williams Jr., 20, of McKeesport to kidnap a 19-year-old woman and a 1-year-old child following a violent dispute early on the morning of April 5.
Allegheny County police said that a few hours later, Swissvale police officers located in the 7000 block of Highland Avenue a car driven by Williams where, they said, he was holding the woman and child hostage.
When police attempted to force entry to the car, officer said, Williams pointed a pistol at his own head and fired one shot.
The Allegheny County medical examiner's office siad Williams died of a single gunshot wound to the head. His death has been ruled a suicide.
Garland and McKenzie are both charged by Allegheny County police with kidnapping, kidnapping a minor and conspiracy to commit kidnapping for ransom. Garland is additionally charged with drug possession and possession with intent to deliver, according to court records.
Originally published April 10, 2017.