State police continue to look for the suspect who shot and killed a New Florence man Saturday afternoon in a trailer near Torrance. Meanwhile three acquaintances of the victim have been arrested on charges related to the attempted robbery of the alleged shooter.
24-year-old Michael Volk of New Florence died in the shooting along Stone Quarry Road in Derry Township. Police say he conspired with the man who rented the trailer. Jesus Santiago, and with the woman who lived with Santiago, Tiffany Blattenberger, and Volk’s girlfriend Danielle Clawson, who had driven him to the mobile home. Their intent, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state trooper William Bigelow, was to rob a man named “Mitch” of drugs and money. Mitch, for whom no last name is known, had sold drugs to Volk at the trailer the night before. Bigelow says when Volk confronted Mitch, a gun was pulled and Volk was slain.
Blattenberger intially told investigators a different story, that she and Clawson had come to the trailer and found the suspect, whom they did not know. She said he had his face covered and was standing with a chrome gun in his hand and Volk was lying there, shot. She also told them the suspect had held her and Clawson at gunpoint for a half-hour, made a phone call on her cell phone, and fled toward Blairsville in a small red or maroon sporty-type car, tricked out to ride low to the ground.
Police interviewed Blattenberger, Clawson, and Santiago, and eventually Santiago admitted their scheme to rob Mitch. All three are charged with conspiracy to commit criminal homicide since their actions led to the death of Volk, and with conspiracy to commit robbery. They’re all being held in the Westmoreland County Prison.
The suspect, Mitch, is described as a black male, about 5-feet-10 inches tall, 180 to 200 pounds, with a chipped front tooth. He was wearing grey sweat pants, a grey hoodie, and an Oakland Raiders skull cap. Any one with information on his wheareabouts should call police in Greensburg at 724-832-3288.