Police: Pittsburgh woman attempted carjackings to get to mom’s house for Wi-Fi
A 19-year-old woman told police she was trying to get to her estranged mother’s house to use the Wi-Fi when she tried to carjack vehicles Tuesday in East Liberty.
Ajanay Watson of Pittsburgh attempted to carjack two cars, including one driven by an off-duty Allegheny County sheriff’s deputy, before carjacking an SUV in East Liberty, according to a criminal complaint.
She eventually crashed the SUV in Penn Hills, police wrote in the criminal complaint.
Watson used an unloaded, stolen handgun, according to the complaint. She was arrested on Graham Boulevard in Penn Hills after she crashed the Subaru Forester while police were trying to stop it, according to the criminal complaint.
Watson told police she’d been on the streets for a few weeks after a falling out with her mother and was trying to get to her mother’s house to use the Wi-Fi there.
Initially, Watson got into the passenger’s seat of a woman’s car at an East Liberty gas station but abandoned that attempt when the woman asked her to get out of the car, police wrote in the criminal complaint.
She then attempted to steal the personal car of an off-duty Allegheny County sheriff’s deputy that was stopped at the light on East Liberty Boulevard and North Highland Avenue near the gas station. The deputy pointed her gun at Watson.
An off-duty Pittsburgh policewoman who was stopped in front of the deputy in her personal car noticed what was going on and also drew her firearm, according to the complaint.
Initial reports from police indicated Watson also attempted to steal the Pittsburgh policewoman’s car, but that was not the case, the investigation revealed, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri.
Watson ran through yards in the area as the deputy and policewoman chased, according to the complaint.
Watson pointed a gun at a man who was parked on Beatty Street behind Obama Academy waiting to pick up his son and took his SUV, according to the complaint.
He went inside the school and called 911, he told police, according to the complaint.
Police followed Watson in the man’s SUV until she crashed it in Penn Hills, according to the complaint.
Watson is charged with one county of robbery of a vehicle, two counts of attempted robbery, receiving stolen property, theft, carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault, fleeing or attempting to elude police and driving without a license.
She is in Allegheny County Jail on $30,000 bail. An attorney wasn’t listed in online court filings.
Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter .