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Slaying Victim Identified; Three Men in Custody

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
September 13, 2019
Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police said that the man in these surveillance photos (left and center) taken by cameras at a Washington County Walmart is Ramonta “Mo” Yancey (right). (Courtesy Allegheny County police)

A third man is now in custody and is being questioned in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found near Renziehausen Park on Thursday morning.

The victim was identified Friday by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as Tameka L. Dallas, 43, of Monroeville. Sources who knew the victim said she was 44.

Allegheny County police Inspector Andrew Schurman said Ramonta “Mo” Yancey, 26, of Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood surrendered to McKeesport police on Friday.

Yancey, who police said has ties to both McKeesport and Pittsburgh, is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail on an outstanding warrant related to a probation violation, Schurman said.

Surveillance video from cameras near Renzie Park on Wednesday night recorded Dallas' 2007 Chevrolet Impala leaving the area where her body was found about 10 hours later.

Police in South Strabane Twp. spotted Dallas' car on Thursday night in the parking lot of a Walmart near Washington, Pa. and arrested two men at the scene.

South Strabane Twp. police have charged Clyde C. Cox, 27, of Pittsburgh’s North Side and Daron D. Parks, 26, of Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood with receiving stolen property.

Both men are being held in the Washington County Jail in lieu of bond, court officials said.

Police allege that Yancey was with Cox and Parks on Thursday and that he was inside the Walmart while they were being taken into custody, but eluded officers.

No homicide charges had been filed Friday night.

On Thursday morning, McKeesport police and paramedics were called to a wooded area along a walking trail near University Drive when a caller reported seeing a woman in a yellow sundress who was not moving or breathing.

The victim, later identified as Dallas, was pronounced dead at the scene.

County police believe that she was strangled elsewhere and then left in the woods. Autopsy results were pending on Friday night.

Court records indicate that Dallas had previously lived in Glassport and on Pittsburgh's North Side, and worked as a nurse's aide until 2008, when her certification expired and was not renewed.

An online fundraising campaign has been set up to raise money for Dallas' funeral.

Originally published September 13, 2019.

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