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Man accused of injuring detective outside Monroeville Mall in March caught

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Monroeville police tracked down a man suspected of dealing heroin who is accused of injuring a detective outside of the Monroeville Mall two months ago.

Dior L. Richardson, 25, of Bramble Street in Verona, faces charges that include aggravated assault, possession with intent to deliver heroin, illegally possessing a firearm, resisting arrest and fleeing from a police officer.

While conducting surveillance March 15 near Burlington Coat Factory in the Monroeville Mall Annex, Monroeville Detective Jon Pawlowski saw what appeared to be a drug exchange in a Chevy Impala between Richardson and an unidentified woman in her 20s, according to the criminal complaint.

According to the criminal complaint, as Pawlowski approached the vehicle, Richardson reached for his pants, instead of showing his hands as instructed.

Pawlowski then discharged his stun device, which struck Richardson.

Pawlowski reached through the driver side window to grab him, but Richardson pressed on the gas and spun Pawlowski to the pavement, according to the complaint.

Pawlowski has a back injury that “continues to require medical treatment,” police said.

Police recovered a semiautomatic hand gun with 10 live rounds and 80 glassine bags of heroin in locations consistent with the items being tossed out of the fleeing vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

Using the license plate number of the Impala and a photo lineup, police were able to track down and arrest Richardson.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Monroeville.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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