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Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 2:01 a.m.
 

Allegheny County Police said they still are looking for a Duquesne man wanted for allegedly abducting and beating a girlfriend on Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, the man's cousin and alleged accomplice was returned to Allegheny County Jail on Tuesday after his bond was doubled.

Christopher Flewellen, 21, has been at large since Nov. 30 when a woman was chased from the Waterfront to a creek in West Mifflin where her car crashed.

Police said she was taken by Flewellen in a van driven by his cousin Lynell Eric Farrar, 21, of Wilkinsburg to a Duquesne apartment where she was beaten repeatedly.

An eyewitness flagged down Duquesne police, who rescued the woman. She was taken by McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service to UPMC McKeesport for treatment.

Flewellen and Farrar each are charged with felony counts of conspiracy to kidnap for ransom, aggravated assault and kidnapping, and misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person and conspiracy to recklessly endanger another person.

Farrar was arrested by Munhall police at a roadblock and freed on a $50,000 bond posted on Dec. 1 by Renaya Shavon Lewis of Freedom Fast Bail Inc. of Pittsburgh.

In a pre-dawn hearing on Tuesday, Magisterial District Judge Scott H. Schricker raised Farrar's bond to $100,000 and returned him to Allegheny County Jail.

Staffers in Schricker's Turtle Creek office said Farrar was not prepared for the preliminary hearing he was supposed to have later in the morning.

The staffers said Farrar never went to apply, even for a public defender. His hearing was continued until Christmas Eve at 8:30 a.m.

Flewellen is to appear in a Pittsburgh courtroom on Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. for a formal arraignment on charges in an unrelated incident on Sept. 23 involving another woman at a house along Hamilton Street in McKeesport.

According to a McKeesport police criminal complaint, Flewellen told the home's occupants that “I'm gonna kill her. I'm gonna kill all y'all.”

As he drove away he allegedly told that girlfriend, “I could kill you and your mom right now.”

On Nov. 4 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene F. Riazzi Jr., Flewellen waived a hearing on felony counts of firearms not to be carried without a license and criminal trespass, 16 misdemeanor counts and two summary harassment counts.

The misdemeanors include six counts apiece of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, and two more firearm counts and two counts of terroristic threats.

Flewellen was freed on $30,000 bond pending the Dec. 27 formal arraignment.

In a description released on Dec. 3, county police said Flewellen is a black male, 5 feet 10 inches and 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Police said he may be wearing an Afro hair style and possibly has scruffy facial hair.

Anyone with information about Flewellen is asked to call county police at 412-473-3000.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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