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Man Charged in Burglary, Vehicle Towed

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
August 26, 2021
Posted in: Crime and Police News

What police said began as a domestic dispute ended with a Port Vue man in custody and his vehicle impounded.

Tyrek J. Johnson, 27, is charged by McKeesport police with burglary, harassment, making terroristic threats, simple assault and unlawful restraint. He is free on $5,000 percentage bond pending a preliminary hearing Aug. 30 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Separately, city police also have cited Johnson for a violation of the state vehicle code. Police said Johnson has been driving a Ford Taurus police interceptor with tinted rear windows and a spotlight.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched to Crawford Village early Sunday morning when occupants of one of the apartments reported a man had forced entry to their home by pushing in a window air-conditioning unit.

When police arrived, the residents said they were accosted in their apartment by a man matching Johnson’s description who demanded to see the daughter of one of the residents, who is the mother of his child, police said. The woman in question was not home at the time, police said.

The resident told police she attempted to call 9-1-1 for help, but the man restrained her and threatened to kill her daughter before fleeing in a white car. Port Vue police went to the man’s home but were unable to locate him, city police said.

Less than two hours later, city police said an officer on patrol spotted a man matching Johnson’s description driving a white Ford Taurus police interceptor in the city’s East End.

According to police, a vehicle matching that description had been seen in the area and had tailgated an off-duty city police officer “as if it was going to conduct a traffic stop.”

Police said that under the state’s vehicle code, only authorized emergency vehicles may be equipped with working spotlights.

Johnson was arrested and arraigned in Pittsburgh Municipal Court, and his vehicle was impounded, police said.

Originally published August 26, 2021.

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