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Police arrest, charge 2 suspects in Arnold van theft, chase

| Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:36 a.m.
Devante Broaden
Devian Nicholson
Jordan Jackson

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a police chase through Arnold in January in which a third man jumped from the suspects' van and later died.

Devante “D” Broaden, 19, of the 1400 block of Alcoa Drive, New Kensington, and Devian “Frenchy” Nicholson, 19, of Penn Hills and Tarentum were formally charged Monday with their alleged roles in the Jan. 18 incident.

Police are still looking for Jordan J. Jackson, 22, of Penn Hills, for having a gun, and an unidentified juvenile.

Broaden was the driver of a van that was taken without permission from a Pittsburgh woman, police said.

Marquis De'Shawn Hughes, 21, of New Kensington was a passenger, Arnold police said. He was critically injured when he jumped from the moving van and died about a week later.

Nicholson is facing a gun possession charge.Broaden was arrested just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday along Locust Street and Leishman Avenue in New Kensington. About 90 minutes later, Nicholson was arrested in Tarentum with assistance from Tarentum and New Kensington police, Arnold police Chief Willie Weber said.

Broaden is charged with unauthorized use of the van, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, and driving without a license.

The arrests were made when police followed up on tips they received after the suspects' photos were published in Thursday's Valley News Dispatch, the chief said.

Broaden and Nicholson were sent to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bond each pending their preliminary hearings.

The chase started Jan. 18 after a group of young men were seen pointing a gun at a man near Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in Arnold, police said. They jumped in a van and sped off, later refusing to pull over for a pursuing officer.

Along the way, two people jumped out of the still-moving van, one by one, as it went through Arnold and New Kensington, police said.

When Hughes jumped out, he was critically injured, police said. The van crashed into a utility pole and garage.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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