Cranberry man charged with raping woman in Oakland on New Year's Day
A woman told Pittsburgh police that a man grabbed her and raped her in an Oakland alley early on New Year's Day, court records show.
Police on Wednesday charged Dalton Dezarn-Meinert, 20, of Cranberry with rape and giving officers false identification.
The woman told police that she was at a New Year's Eve party in a house on Atwood Street when a man, later identified as Dezarn-Meinert, grabbed her by the wrist, took her to an alley behind the house and raped her about 12:30 a.m., the criminal complaint stated.
A friend of the woman told police that she also saw the man take the woman to the alley, the complaint stated. The woman told police that she went home after the incident.
University of Pittsburgh police officers were taking the woman's friend to the alley so she could show them where the incident occurred when she spotted Dezarn-Meinert on the porch of the house, the complaint stated.
He fled, but police captured him, and the woman identified Dezarn-Meinert as the man who had raped her, the complaint said.
He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $100,000 bail. Online court records do not list an attorney for him.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or email@example.com.
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