Alleged Pittsburgh Double Murderer Arrested
Allen Darell Wade, 43, has been charged with robbing and killing two sisters, Susan Wolfe and Sarah Wolfe. Susan worked as a teacher’s aide at Hillel, an Orthodox Jewish day school in Pittsburgh. Wade, who has a long criminal history that includes violence, was a neighbor of the two women. He insists he is innocent.
The Pittsburgh Tribune reports:
Before he shot and killed two East Liberty women, Pittsburgh police say, Allen Wade forced them to tell him the personal identification numbers to their bank cards.
Surveillance video and DNA evidence led police on Wednesday to charge Wade, 43, with homicide, robbery, burglary and other crimes. Police detectives interviewed a man and a woman in connection with the sisters' deaths hours later but declined to say why.
“We have several theories relating to motive, but it's too early to conclude exactly what the motive was,” Lt. Kevin Kraus said of the case that rattled a neighborhood and led detectives to the next-door neighbor of Susan and Sarah Wolfe, a convicted bank robber who proclaimed his innocence in a Facebook posting before surrendering.
Family and friends of the women could not be reached.
Wade lived in an apartment next to the Chislett Street home where the sisters were found dead in their basement on Feb. 7.
“I'm 100 percent innocent. I didn't do anything wrong,” Wade said as detectives took him from police headquarters to the Allegheny County Jail. He used a cane and wore a Pittsburgh Steelers stocking hat and glasses. It wasn't clear whether he had an attorney.
DNA from a bloodstain on a pair of discarded sweatpants links Wade to the crime, according to a criminal complaint.
“It is a case that involved a high level of video surveillance evidence and DNA evidence,” Kraus said.
Wade learned from news reports that police sought him and posted a rambling statement on Facebook: “I am 100 percent innocent I would never ever in any way Hurt a person so brutally it is not in my nature I have always respected women and will always continue to do so I am being framed to take the fall for this case and hopefully justice will prevail ! I appreciate all of you who pray for me and I love my family God bless I am going to turn myself in.”
Detectives picked Wade up at a bus stop in Rankin. Police had questioned him for hours on Feb. 19 and 20 because they suspected he was the person they saw on surveillance video after the killings. Police released him but called him a person of interest.
State police records show Wade bought eight handguns between 1997 and 2002, city police said. One gun was sold or transferred, but police had no record that he sold the other guns. Records kept by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives show police recovered four of the guns, but not two 9 mm guns or a Star .45-caliber.
Officers found Susan Wolfe, 44, naked and doused with bleach and liquid detergent. Sarah Wolfe, 38, was clothed, with a blanket over her head and some detergent on her, the complaint stated. Both had been shot once in the head.…
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[Hat Tip: The Lion.]