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Woman faces drug charges weeks after Monessen house party

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 1:51 a.m.
Perrial Pearson, June 25, 2013

A Monessen woman grazed by a bullet during a house party shooting earlier this month was jailed Tuesday on drug charges.

Monessen police said Perrial Pearson, 25, of 452 Reed Ave. allegedly left a purse filled with heroin at the shooting scene.

Pearson faces one felony count of possession with intent to deliver and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.

She additionally faces simple assault and harassment charges related to an alleged attack — more than two weeks after the shooting — on the house party host.

Pearson was arraigned on the two cases in Monessen by Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso. She was placed in the Westmoreland County Prison in Hempfield Township in lieu of $15,000 bond on the drug case and $2,500 bond on the other case.

Monessen police Chief John Mandarino said the drug charges stem from a search after the June 8 shooting at 527 Chesnut St., where they found a black purse containing 271 stamp bags of heroin, a small bag of marijuana, more than $200 and Pearson's photo ID.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Pearson returned to the residence with Tameka Hairston, who lives there, and asked Monessen police to retrieve her purse.

Lt. Carl Fronzaglio told her to wait until police searched the basement.

As police were moving a washing machine to check for bullet casings, the purse fell from the appliance onto the floor. A large number of blue bags, purportedly containing heroin, poured out, according to the affidavit.

When Fronzaglio asked if it was hers, Pearson allegedly replied, “No, my purse is green.”

When asked about her photo ID in the purse, Pearson stated that someone must have stolen her purse and placed the ID in the black purse.

The suspected drugs were sent for forensic analysis, Mandarino said.

Police said that on Monday, they responded to an assault report near the intersection of Ninth Street and Braddock Avenue, finding Hairston on the curb in tears.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Hairston told Lt. Michael Kelemen that Pearson pulled up in a grey vehicle and started an argument about what happened June 8 at the house party.

Hairston stated she told Pearson she did not want to fight and walked away. She told police Pearson charged her, punched her in the face and head, and knocked her to the ground.

Hairston said Pearson struck her five to six times before getting back into the vehicle and leaving, police said.

Police said Hairston was treated at the scene by Mon Valley EMS personnel for abrasions to her forehead and a cut lip.

Hairston said she had recently been in a car accident and was concerned about additional head trauma.

Pearson's preliminary hearing is scheduled 11 a.m. July 5 before Dalfonso.

Pearson's arrest is the third this month stemming from the June 8 incident at the party hosted by Hairston.

Police allege Deaubre Lightfoot, 22, of Donora, shot a fallen Deallo Duncan, 21, of Monessen at 1:14 a.m.

Mandarino said Duncan was treated for two bullet wounds, one to the chest and one to the side of the head, but not seriously injured.

One of the bullets bounced up and grazed Pearson's leg. She was treated at the scene.

Police are still investigating subsequent shootings that occurred outside the residence, where Pearson's brother, William Pearson, 24, suffered a gunshot wound to the back left shoulder, according to Mandarino.

Lightfoot surrendered to police June 17 and was sent to Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond. His preliminary hearing for attempted murder and other charges is scheduled 11 a.m. Friday before Dalfonso.

Duncan was arrested Sunday afternoon after a traffic stop in which Monessen police seized three guns, including a semi-automatic pistol, according to Mandarino.

While in the Monessen lockup, Duncan tried to flush 10 stamp bags of heroin down the cell toilet, police said.

He had an additional five stamp bags and a small amount of marijuana in his sock, police said.

Police filed drug and tampering with evidence charges against Duncan, who was sent to the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled 9 a.m. Friday before Dalfonso.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-684-2635.