Suspect in Carnegie stabbing arrested while letting the dog out |

Suspect in Carnegie stabbing arrested while letting the dog out

Megan Guza
Allegheny County Police
Richard ‘Stretch’ Mickens

The suspect in Sunday’s double stabbing in Carnegie walked out the backdoor of a Scott home Wednesday morning and into police custody, authorities said.

Richard ‘Stretch’ Mickens, 58, is charged with homicide in the stabbing that left a man dead and a woman in critical condition.

The stabbing happened at about 7:30 a.m. at an apartment on Third Avenue, police said. A 31-year-old woman suffering from stab wounds ran to a neighbor’s home for help. Investigators responded, and 51-year-old Luke Connolly was pronounced dead at the scene.

County detectives issued a warrant for Mickens late Tuesday night, and a 5:30 a.m. tip Wednesday led them to a home on Spikenard Street in Scott, investigators said. The tip indicated that Mickens assaulted someone in the home with a knife and then fell asleep inside.

Police surrounded the home, and two people inside got out safely. Police took Mickens into custody when he went out the backdoor to let a dog outside, investigators said.

Mickens is charged with homicide, aggravated assault, rape, attempted homicide, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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