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Kidnapping report ends in New Ken drug arrest

Chuck Biedka
| Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002

NEW KENSINGTON: A city woman who was reported kidnapped denied she was taken against her will, but instead was charged with possessing drugs and breaking into her brother's house.

Police say the woman, Shanika Cumbo of Leishman Avenue and formerly of New York City, and a man from Brooklyn, N.Y., were arrested after a short chase in which the man was rousted from a wooded area by a police dog.

Cumbo was reported kidnapped early Friday by her brother, who also reported that his New Kensington home had been broken into.

But Cumbo told police she hadn't been abducted after police arrested her and Terrell Owens, 27, of Brooklyn. Authorities allegedly found drugs in a New Kensington hotel room that they had been in.

The pair were being held on $100,000 bond after their arrest for numerous drug charges and the burglary.

Brother reports kidnapping

Cumbo's brother said Cumbo had been taken to the Clarion Hotel along Tarentum Bridge Road, according to New Kensington Police Chief Chuck Korman.

After learning that a woman of her description had checked in, officers entered her room to see whether she was OK.

Cumbo wasn't there, but police said they saw crack cocaine containers on the floor, along with an open travel bag with the butt of a revolver and money showing.

Police left the room and waited for someone to return.

While waiting, police saw a car begin to turn into the hotel parking lot, but they said it turned away when the occupants apparently saw police.

After a brief chase, the car was stopped near the rear of the Giant Eagle supermarket in an neighboring plaza.

Owens jumped from the car and knocked over a police officer before running into the woods nearby, according to Korman.

Owens ran back out when K-9 officers entered the woods. A Lower Burrell officer arrested him shortly after 1 a.m., the chief said.

Owens and Cumbo later said Cumbo willingly left her brother's house.

Owens is charged with drug possession, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm without a license, and resisting arrest.

Cumbo is charged with the identical offenses, except for resisting arrest.

District Justice Frank J. Pallone Jr. set bond for Owens and Cumbo at $100,000 each. They were taken to the Westmoreland County Prison.

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