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Authorities seeking schizophrenic Harrison man; may be violent

| Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 2:30 p.m.
John Horn--missing man
John Horn, 43, of Tarentum, missing since Thursday, Feb. 6.

Police and family are searching for a man who left his Harrison apartment after refusing to take anti-psychotic medicine, his sister said.

John Horn, 43, is described as 6-foot-3 inches tall, thin-build with long hair and a beard. “He looks scruffy,” said his younger sister, Lanna Valenti, of Brackenridge.

Valenti said her brother is a chain smoker. Horn was last seen last Thursday after arguing with his younger brother inside the Pond Street apartment they were sharing, their sister said.Valenti said Horn was 25 when first diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. “He's OK on his meds,” she said.

She said Horn has said he wants to rejoin his mother, Bonnie, who died in a traffic accident on Route 28 in Millvale in June 2012.Valenti said Horn was making alarming statements on Thursday.

“He was talking about murder and my brother Max told him that he needs to take his meds. John has been outright refusing to take his meds,” Valenti said. “And he was talking about murder.”

When Max insisted that Horn take his medication, the men got into a physical fight.

John ran out of the apartment and hasn't been seen since.

Harrison police Chief Mike Klein said his department is continuing to look for the man. Surrounding police departments are also looking, he said.

John Horn is known to visit Denny's Restaurant along Tarentum Bridge Road, and several places in Tarentum including Gatto's Restaurant and store.

He has frequently been seen walking in the area and talking to himself.

Horn “doesn't have friends,” Valenti said. “He's pretty much a loner.”

The family has called Horn's caseworker, all of their friends and turned to Facebook, with no results so far.

Valenti has been told that, if Horn has been taken to a hospital, and, if he is aware of what's going on, he could ask the hospital not to release information to his family.

“When he's on his meds, he's harmless. This is the first time that he hasn't been taking them, and we don't know what he will do,” Valenti asked.

Anyone who sees Horn is asked to call 911.

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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