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Police: Drug deal goes bad, leads to car crash in Lawrenceville

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By Margaret Harding

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:57 a.m.

A drug deal turned into a kidnapping, robbery and car crash in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh police say.

A Forest Hills man, 21, flagged down officers patrolling Stanton Avenue and Woodbine Street about 10:50 p.m. Tuesday. The man said he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint. He pointed to a fleeing Hyundai Sonata, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.

Police began pursuing the vehicle. A Stanton Heights man, 19, jumped from the speeding car before it crashed at the intersection of Stanton and McCandless avenues, Richard said.

The two men told police they had met a friend, who wanted to buy marijuana, and another man. But once they got into the car, one man pulled a gun and said: “This is going to be a robbery,” Richard said.

The Forest Hills man, whom police did not identify, said he drove to a secluded area in Garfield and handed over marijuana, his iPhone and wallet, Richard said. The suspects told the man to tell his girlfriend to bring $500 or she would lose her boyfriend. The four then drove to her house in Stanton Heights and forced her into the car, Richard said.

When the Forest Hills man spotted the patrol car, he jumped from the vehicle and flagged down the officers, Richard said. His friend, who jumped from the car, was treated at the scene for injuries to his hip, shoulder and a wrist, Richard said.

The car crashed into a Lincoln Zephyr, whose driver was unhurt, police said. The girlfriend refused medical attention, Richard said.

The two suspects ran after the crash, and officers haven't found them, Richard said. A gun found in the car had not been reported as stolen, she said.

Margaret Harding is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or




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