Calvin Crew has been charged in the murder of Uber driver Christi Spicuzza murder. According to police reports Christi Spicuzza had picked up Calvin Crew and within twenty minutes he had pulled a gun and forced her to drive to a remote location. Calvin Crew would fatally shoot Christi Spicuzza. Police would find a dash dam that showed the violent murder. Calvin Crew would be charged with criminal homicide, robbery and tampering with evidence.
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A Penn Hills man is in custody after an Uber driver was found shot dead in Monroeville on Saturday, Allegheny County police said.
Police found the body of 38-year-old Christina Spicuzza of Turtle Creek along Rosecrest Drive on Saturday, hours after locating the woman’s car a short distance away.
Allegheny County police said 22-year-old Calvin Crew of Penn Hills has been charged with homicide.
Police said detectives obtained a warrant for Crew’s arrest and he was taken into custody in Penn Hills around 7 p.m. Thursday.
Police said Crew was also being charged with robbery, tampering with evidence and a firearms violation.
At a news conference Thursday, investigators said they believe robbery was a motivator for the crime and are working to learn if Crew got away with any money.
Police called this case unusual, as they said Crew and Spicuzza did not know each other.
“In Allegheny County, the city of Pittsburgh, it is unusual. Thankfully it doesn’t happen that often,” Assistant Police Superintendent Victor Joseph said. “More times than not, there is a relationship between the actor and the victim. In this situation, we do not know of any.”
Uber also said it banned the accounts for the person who ordered the trip and the suspect.
Uber told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that it is the account holder who is responsible for the behavior of the entire party. If a ride or delivery is requested for another adult, the person who ordered it is held responsible for their behavior during the trip.
A criminal complaint said Crew’s girlfriend told detectives that she got a call from Crew asking her to order an Uber for him. She said Crew gave her an address to enter into the ride request.
An online docket showed that Crew was being held in the county jail without bail as he awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 25.
Christi Spicuzza suffered a single gunshot wound, Allegheny County police said Monday.
Homicide detectives said the official cause and manner of death would be released by the county medical examiner.
“We are investigating this as a homicide, but the authority to make an official cause and manner determination rests with the medical examiner’s office,” county police said in a statement.
The body of a woman found in Monroeville Saturday afternoon is that of a woman missing since Thursday.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office tells Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that the body of Christina (Christi) Spicuzza, 38, of Turtle Creek, was found and identified Saturday, confirming a social media post shared by members of Spicuzza’s family.
Members of Spicuzza’s family took to social media Friday, saying she was last heard from Thursday night as she was on her way to pick up fares as an Uber driver. Pitcairn police confirmed that subsequent information the family shared which stated Spicuzza’s car had been located on Fourth Street in Pitcairn Saturday morning.
A short time later, Allegheny County Police reported they were called to the scene of a body that was found along the 500 block of Rosecrest Drive at around 12:00 p.m. Saturday.
“We never thought that we would ever hear anything about a body being dumped in the (woods) there,” said Ruth Rather, who works at a group home across from where police discovered Spicuzza’s body. “We were flabbergasted, we were shocked.”
An Uber spokesperson sent a statement to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 early Sunday morning.
“Our thoughts are with Christi’s family and friends during this difficult time. Uber’s 24/7 public safety team has been assisting police in the investigation,” the statement said.
Allegheny County Police are leading the investigation, and there has been no official announcement from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office on the cause or manner of death.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help support Christi’s husband and their four kids as well as funeral costs.