Man arrested after driving stolen car into home
Pittsburgh police arrested a man accused of a carjacking and kidnapping in Bloomfield last night.
Police charged Jamal Griffin, 36, no address available, with robbery of a motor vehicle, kidnapping, reckless endangerment and other crimes.
Police were called to the Exxon gas station on Penn Avenue about 8:50 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery. Witnesses said Griffin arrived at the gas station with two other people in a green Buick and began staring at the victim and his friend, who were putting air in the tires of a Chevrolet Impala, according to a complaint filed against Griffin.
Holding a gun, Griffin ran toward the victim, pushed him into the passenger side of the Impala and took off south on 40th Street, the complaint said.
An officer spotted the Impala on Aisbett Street, but Griffin fled in reverse, struck a parked car and then almost hit the officer's car as he sped forward, the complaint said. The victim was able to jump out of the vehicle shortly after. He refused to go to the hospital.
Griffin crashed into a home on Broad Street and tried to flee on foot, but officers took him into custody in a lot behind North Mathilda Street, the complaint said.
Police found drugs and the victim's wallet on Griffin, and a black pistol about two feet away from him, the complaint said.
Griffin began to have a seizure and medics took him to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in stable condition.
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