Pa. fire chief fends off assailants in robbery attempt

Sen. Tim Solobay, Canonsburg's volunteer fire chief, slammed two assailants and activated the siren on his vehicle

By Bob Bauder
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two Harrisburg teens charged with attempting to rob a Washington County legislator last year were bound over for trial Friday after a hearing in Dauphin County Court.

Harrisburg police charged Thomas Evans, 16, and Sharief Hand, 17, with accosting Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, about 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Green and Kelker streets. Solobay at the time was a representative. He since has been elected senator for the 46th District.

Solobay, 54, said last year that he was walking to his car when four hooded youths approached and demanded money. Three of the assailants ran after Solobay lunged and slammed two of them into his Dodge Durango. The fourth pointed a gun at Solobay after he climbed into the truck. The assailant ran when Solobay, Canonsburg's volunteer fire chief, activated the vehicle's siren. Police nabbed Evans and Hand about 20 minutes later.

The pair were charged as adults with robbery and criminal conspiracy. They were held for trial on those charges yesterday after a hearing before District Judge Robert Jennings III. Each is free on $50,000 bail, a court spokeswoman said.

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