Police seek 3 in chase that led to fatal New Kensington crash
By Chuck Biedka
Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
Arnold police are asking the public's help to find three men wanted for a Jan. 18 van chase in which a 21-year-old New Kensington man later died.
Devian “Frenchy” Nicholson, 19, and Jordan J. Jackson, 22, of Penn Hills, are wanted for gun charges. Their last known address was in the 8000 block of Chaske Street.
The alleged driver, Devante “D” Broaden, 19, address unknown, is facing felony charges stemming from the chase, according to Arnold police Chief Willie Weber.
In a report, police said Marquis De'Shawn Hughes, of New Kensington, and formerly of Pontiac, Mich., was a passenger in the van. He was critically injured when he jumped from the moving van and died about a week later in a Pittsburgh hospital.
An unidentified teenager, who was in the van before the crash, is wanted for probation violations in Allegheny County. Another teenager in the van doesn't face charges, Weber said.
The chief said police need tips about where to find the three suspects.
“If anyone knows where they are, call 911 or the Arnold or New Kensington police departments right away,” Weber said.
According to the police report:
The chase started in Arnold at about 3:30 p.m. in a silver Dodge Caravan taken without permission from a Pittsburgh woman.
Several bystanders saw a man pointing a gun at another man near Fifth Avenue and 14th Street, then leaving in the van.
The Caravan was spotted by a New Kensington officer at Barnes and Locust streets, but the driver refused to pull over.
The chase began with the van hitting the curb and driving onto a sidewalk.
At one point, the van slowed down for one of the men to jump out. He ran down an alley behind the 500 block of Ridge Avenue.
Soon after, Nicholson, clutching a handgun, also jumped out.
Broaden turned into Orange Alley and Jackson jumped out, too.
As the van continued down the alley, Hughes jumped and was critically injured.
The Caravan finally stopped when it crashed into a utility pole and garage.
According to Chief Weber, police thought at least one of the men ran down the hill into New Kensington.
Police surrounded a house at North Street at Leishman Avenue and neighbors were ordered to stay inside.
Police used loudspeakers to order everyone inside to come out with their hands up.
Ten people were in the house but not the men from the van.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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