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Penn Hills man jailed on home invasion charges

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 12:36 a.m.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Kimton Jefferson is led by New Kensington police officer Jim Horwatt to his arraignment at District Justice Frank J. Pallone Jr.'s office in New Kensington on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

A Penn Hills man was sent to the Westmoreland County jail Tuesday to await a hearing for allegedly pushing his way into a house and threatening four adults and four children inside a New Kensington house the night before.

Kimton R. Jefferson, 29, of 144 Collins Drive, was taken to jail in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing.

Jefferson is charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, multiple counts of terroristic threats and driving while his license is suspended for drunken driving.

Jefferson is accused of having a semi-automatic pistol in his waistband when he pushed his way past a young boy to enter a residence in the 400 block of Freeport Street. It was about 11 p.m. Monday.

Police said Jefferson demanded to see the mother of his son and the boy.

They say he searched the house with pistol in hand, threatening to shoot a man that he encountered.

One victim said she told the intruder that neither person he was looking for was there.

Jefferson allegedly said he didn't care and would shoot everybody.

Police said no one was injured.

After he left, New Kensington police alerted area police to look out for Jefferson.

About a half-hour later, a Lower Burrell police officer saw a man matching the description. Jefferson was inside a car registered to the woman he was looking for, police said. The car was parked at a gasoline pump at the Sunoco along Freeport Road in New Kensington.

When the car pulled out heading toward Route 909 and Plum, the officer followed and radioed New Kensington police.

Jefferson was arrested at gunpoint when trying to turn around at Barking Road.

New Kensington police said they learned from Penn Hills police that the woman sought by Jefferson was at their police department to obtain a temporary protection from abuse (PFA) order.

Jefferson was held in New Kensington's lockup overnight and District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. arraigned him Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to the $100,000 bond holding Jefferson, there also is a detainer on him from Allegheny County. So even of he could post bond, he would be held in jail until he is transported to Allegheny County for allegedly failing to appear at a drunken-driving hearing.

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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