Nabbed Mt. Pleasant fugitive tells sheriff’s deputies he was ‘tired of running’ |
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Paul Peirce

A Mt. Pleasant fugitive on the run since May told Westmoreland County sheriff’s deputies who caught up with him this week at a South Huntingdon truck stop that he was glad to finally get caught.

Joseph R. Taylor, 36, was arrested about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday by members of the sheriff’s department warrant service division hiding out in a remote corner of the Flying J Truck stop. He was found in a stolen 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck that he failed to return to a Mt. Pleasant woman May 25, deputies said.

“Taylor stated to Deputy John Dixon and myself that he’s glad we got him because he was tired of running,” Sgt. Irvin Shipley of the sheriff’s department reported in court documents.

In addition to the theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle charges filed against him over the truck Mt. Pleasant police filed in May, Shipley and Dixon reported Taylor was being sought on multiple arrest warrants, mostly for alleged thefts, in Allegheny and Fayette counties, and by the state parole office.

Shipley said deputies received information Monday that Taylor was spotted in Brownsville, Fayette County, allegedly selling window air conditioners out of the bed of the truck.

On Tuesday, as Shipley and Dixon headed south on Interstate 70, near Smithton, Dixon thought he saw the same black pickup with a cracked windshield parked in a remote corner of the Flying J parking lot.

Shipley reported Taylor surrendered when deputies approached the vehicle.

“As I was extracting Taylor from the vehicle, I could see on the center console and on Taylor’s lap packets of suspected heroin and other plastic substances,” Shipley said.

Deputies also confiscated multiple bolt cutting tools, a large sword and a black pellet gun from inside the vehicle, as well as a black bag allegedly stolen recently from a Walmart near Uniontown.

In addition to the Mt. Pleasant complaints, Taylor was charged Wednesday by deputies with possession of 10 stamp bags of heroin, possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property, fraudulent use of registration plates, possession of drug paraphernalia and flight to avoid apprehension.

He is being held in the county jail.

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