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Man wanted in shooting found attending concert in Valley High School

By Emily Balser and Chuck Biedka
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12:56 a.m.
 

A man wanted for an Arnold shooting was found Tuesday night attending a concert in Valley High School.

Therephere L. “Cdo” Clinton, 25, who most recently has been staying in Arnold, was arrested without incident and charged with attempted homicide and related charges for a Feb. 16 incident at 1552 Constitution Blvd.

Arnold police and Westmoreland County detectives allege Clinton argued with two men about a woman and then drew a handgun he had in an ankle holster.

Police say Clinton shot the victim in his left hand.

Police had been looking for Clinton but couldn't find him. Then they got a tip on Tuesday that Clinton would be at the concert.

When arrested, Clinton allegedly had a bag of crack cocaine and marijuana in his pocket.

He was arraigned Wednesday afternoon by New Kensington District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.

Clinton is charged with aggravated assault with serious injury, reckless endangerment, two gun charges for being a felon who can't have a gun and for carrying a concealed handgun without a permit, and two drug charges.

Clinton gave police various addresses including a vacant house in Harrison and a girlfriend's house in Arnold.Clinton said he isn't working and requested a public defender.

He is facing a mandatory five-year sentence if convicted of using a gun in the commission of a crime.

When asked whether he had ever been convicted, Clinton said he was charged with “stealing cars and stuff” in Ohio when he was 18.

Instead of surrendering to police, Clinton said he fled to the Alle-Kiski Valley.

“They caught me right away,” he said and he was returned to Ohio where he served time for receiving stolen property, breaking into cars and theft.

When the bond phase of his arraignment started, Clinton pledged to Pallone, “If you let me go, I won't run.”

Pallone said the seriousness of the charges and Clinton's history of fleeing charges makes him a “heightened concern for being a risk of flight.”

Pallone ordered Clinton sent to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $105,000 bond to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for later this month.

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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