Preliminary Hearings Next Week For Suspects in Attempted Homicide

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two people, including a teen-ager charged as an adult, face preliminary hearings next week on charges they shot at a security guard at a McKeesport apartment complex.

Dailan Smith, 26, of McKeesport and Jahi Rox, 17, of Duquesne are each charged by McKeesport police with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment. Both also face additional charges.

They are being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.

McKeesport police said a security guard was on duty at Hi-View Gardens on Dec. 6 when a car slowly approached him from the 700 block of Sixth Avenue just before 9 p.m. Police said the car stopped and someone inside the vehicle yelled, "I'll smoke you (expletive)" and began shooting.

The guard took cover behind a tree, police said.

McKeesport police said an officer on routine patrol about two blocks away heard the shots and immediately responded, along with other police officers.

According to a police report, McKeesport police Det. Sidney Summers saw a vehicle traveling west on Shaw Avenue at a high rate of speed away from the scene and pursued the car up Jenny Lind Street, then to Walnut Street.

Summers and McKeesport police officer Floyd Gault and Detective Lt. Mark Steele got the car stopped near the intersection of Walnut and 25th streets and apprehended the occupants at gunpoint, reports state.

The driver of the car was identified as Smith, police said. Officers found a .45-caliber handgun in the center console of the car next to Smith, police said, and the gun was hot to the touch and smelled as if it had recently been fired.

The pistol was reported stolen from Pittsburgh in May 2015, police said.

Smith and the passenger, whom police identified as Rox, were arrested.

In addition to the charges already listed, McKeesport police also charged Smith with carrying a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of a firearm, fleeing to avoid apprehension, fleeing and attempting to elude police, carrying a prohibited offensive weapon and several moving violations.

He faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 29 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi, court records indicate.

In addition to the other charges, Rox is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm by a minor and related offenses. He faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 29 in Pittsburgh before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey A. Manning.

Originally published December 22, 2017.

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