FEBRUARY 12, 2016

CONTACT: Sheriff William P. Mullen, 412-350-4714


PITTSBURGH, PA - A deputy sheriff on lunch break in Lawrenceville today is responsible for recovering a stolen vehicle and apprehending the juvenile suspect immediately after the crime was reported.

Shortly after 12 p.m., a be on the lookout (BOLO) alert was dispatched over the radio advising that a blue Plymouth Neon had been reported stolen from a Lawrenceville residence.  The vehicle’s owner had started the car to warm it up, leaving the key in the ignition as it remained parked outside the home.  The vehicle was stolen after the car’s owner had re-entered their residence.

While at lunch, Deputy Mark Zimmerman heard this alert and rushed out of the restaurant, which was in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Zimmerman headed outbound on Butler Street in pursuit of the possible whereabouts of the stolen vehicle.  After making his way into the 5000th block of Butler Street, Zimmerman spotted the vehicle in question heading inbound, turning into the Sunoco gas station located at 51st and Butler Streets.  The deputy activated his emergency lights and sirens to make a traffic stop, but the stolen vehicle sped from the scene, again heading inbound on Butler Street.  While continuing to travel at a high rate of speed, the vehicle zigzagged throughout Lawrenceville side streets until it wrecked at the corner of 43rd and Davison.  At this juncture, a black, juvenile suspect exited the vehicle and attempted to escape by foot.  He was subsequently taken into custody behind the Holy Family Church on 43rd Street by Deputy Zimmerman and Officer Robin Winters of Pittsburgh Police Zone 2.

The suspect, who was wanted on a juvenile attachment, was transported to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.  He will also be charged for this afternoon’s incident.