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Police chase through Monroeville ends with suspect caught in Penn Hills

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, 12:51 p.m.

A Penn Hills man wanted by Allegheny County and federal authorities was apprehended after a police chase from Monroeville to Penn Hills Wednesday morning.

County sheriff's Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus said Tohn Robinson, 36, was taken into custody on three federal narcotics warrants and three county bench warrants for firearms violations.

Sheriff William P. Mullen said deputies and members of an FBI task force were going to arrest the man when he was seen at a convenience store. Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said his officers assisted with the chase, which began around 10 a.m. in the area of Center Road and Old William Penn Highway.

Mullen said the suspect drove a silver Acura and came close to striking two deputies. The suspect ended up abandoning the car in Penn Hills, where he fled on foot.

Kraus said a 22-year-old Penn Hills woman was a passenger. She was apprehended and charged with felony possession of heroin in connection with the chase. Her name has not been released.

Penn Hills police Lt. Robert Meyers said his officers found the man in the Pinewood Square Townhomes off Frey Road.

“He had a gun in his hand,” Kraus said. “Officers were chasing him. He threw the gun and dove through a glass window into the rear of an apartment. At that point we were able to enter the residence and arrest him.”

Penn Hills High School was briefly put on lockdown as a result of the incident.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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