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Clairton suspect remains in custody on federal detainer

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 2:51 a.m.

A Clairton man facing multiple charges in connection with a domestic violence incident and alleged threats to kill police is being held in the Allegheny County Jail on a federal detainer.

Kevin Lamont Thomas, 39, is charged with harassment, public drunkenness, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering another person, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of simple assault and four counts of terroristic threats in connection with an incident on Saturday around 3:23 a.m. along the 600 block of Reed Street.

Police reported they went to the area in response to a domestic violence call.

An alleged victim said Thomas threw her through a glass coffee table, and kicked her in the head about five times while she was on the ground.

Officers said they observed the woman was bleeding from her head, mouth and left hand, which had a deep laceration, according to court documents.

The victim reportedly refused medical attention several times, and declined to allow police to document her injuries.

Police reported Thomas struggled with officers as they attempted to take him into custody.

Two officers transported Thomas to Jefferson Regional Medical Center. While at the hospital he threatened officers, saying, “When I get done serving my time I'm going to kill you and him. Then I'm going to shoot up your entire police station,” according to court documents.

An emergency federal arrest warrant was issued on Saturday.

Thomas was charged in 2006 with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and was sentenced on Jan. 4, 2007, to 97 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release, followed by three years of probation. Court documents do not indicate the date of his release.

Thomas was arrested on May 5 and charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and other crimes for committing violent harm and injury to his girlfriend.

He made bond on his state charges and resumed residing with the victim of the May 5 assault, according to the government's Emergency Motion for an Arrest Warrant.

Saturday's arrest puts him back in the Allegheny County Jail, and he is awaiting a Thursday hearing on whether he violated his federal probation.

A preliminary hearing for charges filed in connection with Saturday's incident is scheduled for Tuesday.

Police Chief Rob Hoffman said his officers are familiar with Thomas.

“Mr. Thomas has had other police-related incidents and these types of threats are taken seriously,” Hoffman said. “I am confident that both the state's court and federal probation will handle these threats properly as to assure the officers threatened a sense of safety and justice when relating to Mr. Thomas.”

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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