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Man Arrested After Taking Back Repossessed Car

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
November 14, 2022
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Wilmerding man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after McKeesport police said he forcibly took back a car that had been repossessed.

Raymont T. Dallas, 25, is accused of assaulting an employee of American Recovery Corp. on Lysle Boulevard, taking a Ford Mustang he had previously owned, and crashing through a fence into traffic, nearly striking several other vehicles.

A foot chase later ensued on the campus of McKeesport Area High School, police said, scattering students before McKeesport and White Oak police and state investigators forcibly took Dallas into custody. Two police officers were injured, one seriously, according to a report.

Dallas is being held without bail pending a preliminary hearing Nov. 21 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. Friday, city police said.

According to a report, Dallas’ 2010 Ford Mustang was repossessed by American Recovery and was being stored at their lot.

Police allege that when a female employee was preparing to move the car, Dallas climbed the fence, forcibly pulled the woman, 41, from the vehicle, and threw her to the ground, slamming her head on the pavement.

According to a report, police allege that Dallas then drove away in the vehicle, through the fence, nearly running over other employees.

The report states that officers from the state Attorney General’s Office spotted the car a few minutes later near the intersection of Versailles and Grandview avenues and provided its location to McKeesport police.

Police blocked the vehicle at a red light on O’Neil Boulevard, according to reports, but Dallas refused to turn off the car’s engine and struggled with officers, several times reaching for a .38-caliber handgun on the seat, police said.

Police said Dallas escaped through the passenger side door and fled on foot onto the school grounds, where he was tackled by officers. A taser was used twice on Dallas, police said.

A McKeesport police officer was injured and a White Oak police officers sustained a serious leg injury, and both were taken to UPMC McKeesport hospital for treatment, according to a report. Dallas also was taken to the hospital for treatment, police said.

The handgun had been reported stolen from Ligonier, Westmoreland County, police said.

Police have obtained surveillance and cell-phone video from the incident, according to a report.

Dallas is charged by McKeesport police with simple assault, recklessly endangering other persons, harassment, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, carrying a firearm without a license and careless driving.

Originally published November 14, 2022.

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