MARCH 15, 2017

CONTACT: Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus, 412-350-4714

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS LEAD DEPUTIES TO MEGAN'S LAW OFFENDER

PITTSBURGH, PA - Sheriff William P. Mullen announces the apprehension of Wayne Webber, 38 years of age from the City of McKeesport.  Yesterday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office put out a social media campaign regarding Webber and girlfriend, Melisa Manhart, 42 years of age, after Webber eluded apprehension on Monday evening.  Webber was wanted on two criminal bench warrants due to violations of probation/parole that were issued Monday.  The warrants were in regards to a 2004 conviction related to sex crimes and a 2014 conviction for failure to register as a sexual offender.

Upon publishing the interactive press release, the Sheriff’s Office received a deluge of tips regarding Webber and Manhart’s whereabouts.  In fact, there were sightings or information that the fugitives were in Clairton, Glassport, McKeesport, North Huntingdon, North Versailles and West Elizabeth.  After investigating all of the tips that were received, deputies felt the best lead was at a home on the 700 block of Robbins Station Road in North Huntingdon Township, in Westmoreland County.  Around 11:00PM, deputies encountered the property owner, who is also Webber’s aunt, Linda Gilmore; she stated that the two had been at her apartment the night before.  However, knowing that they were fugitives, they left in the morning in an effort to continue to elude deputies.

Prior to leaving the aunt’s address, deputies provided the information to North Huntingdon Police regarding Webber’s ties to Gilmore.  Around 2:30AM, a North Huntingdon sergeant noticed the vehicle, which Webber was supposedly driving, parked outside of the aunt’s home.  The warrants and supplemental information were forwarded to North Huntingdon Police and they found both Webber and Manhart in the residence.  In addition to serving the warrants on Webber, Manhart also had outstanding warrants from Allegheny County for a 2006 prostitution offense and 2007 aggravated assault.  Both fugitives were taken into custody, without incident, and transported to the Allegheny County Jail where they will be held without bond.  Additionally, both will be charged for requirements related to sex offenders, in the near future.

Sheriff Mullen would like to thank all of the citizens that reached out to the Sheriff’s Office with information regarding the whereabouts of these wanted individuals.  There was outpouring support with tips, as well as people sharing information on social media.  It was a great help in locating these fugitives.

For media requesting pictures of Webber or Manhart, please visit the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office website or social media outlets.