Megan's Law offender from Wilkinsburg failed to report, caught with heroin, police say
A traffic stop in Manor Township on Tuesday morning turned into a foot chase that ended with a Wilkinsburg man being charged with having heroin and not reporting as a sexual offender, police said.
Law Bey, 31, was found near the Allegheny River. He was taken to the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
The incident started about 12:40 a.m. when two state troopers pulled over the car at the Riverside intersection with Route 66. Police said Bey was a passenger.
According to a police report, when a trooper asked him for identification, Bey told them his name was Sheik Mohammad and said he was born in June 1983.
Police found no record of such a person and questioned him further. After frisking the suspect, a trooper asked him to put his hands behind his back.
Instead, the suspect jumped over a waist-high concrete traffic barrier and ran.
Bey was found hiding in the darkness under a swing in a yard in Ford City. Bey, who the Megan's Law site said is 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds, “actively resisted” arrest as he was being handcuffed.
Police said Bey had about 70 packets of heroin on him when arrested, along with $300 in cash and a small amount of marijuana.
Bey is charged with having drugs and drug paraphernalia, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest and related offenses.
Bey was listed as an “absconder” on the state's Megan's Law list because he didn't report on a regular basis to state police as required.
Records show Bey was convicted in December 2009 of luring a child into a vehicle in North Versailles in 2008. He served a sentence in county jail.
According to the website, Bey is a Tier III offender. He must report his whereabouts to state police every three months for life so police can update his photo, address and other information.
At Harrisburg, state police spokesman Trooper Adam Reed said Bey's photo was last updated in May, but Bey apparently didn't report in August.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.