Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Two Wilkinsburg youths arrested for carjacking - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Two 15-year-old Wilkinsburg boys have been charged as adults in the carjacking of a man in East Liberty this weekend, and one of them also faces charges that he punched a police dog Tuesday night.

Charged in the incident are Shaquawn Drake and Kasaun Hughey, who police said stole a man's 1996 Honda Accord at gunpoint near Hays Street and Samantha Way on Saturday.

Pittsburgh police Officer Brian Roberts and his dog, K-9 Pluto, spotted the stolen car about 8:20 pm Tuesday in Polish Hill. He watched as the car stopped and a young man, later identified as Mr. Hughey, jumped out and ran away.

The officer instructed his dog to run after Mr. Hughey, who punched Pluto in the face with a closed fist, Officer Roberts wrote in a criminal complaint.

"I began to yell for Hughey to stop fighting my dog," wrote the officer, who was holding Mr. Drake at gunpoint and could "see Pluto being assaulted."

He put Mr. Drake in handcuffs and noticed that Mr. Hughey had pulled Pluto behind a building and out of sight.

"I called Pluto and heard a male scream," Officer Roberts wrote. "I looked over a fence and saw Hughey and Pluto over the hillside."

Mr. Hughey, he said, had taken his dog over a wall that dropped 12 feet into a wooded area, yet they continued to struggle.

"I was yelling for him to stop fighting the dog," Officer Roberts wrote. "I told him the dog will not be released until you stop fighting the dog."

Other officers arrived and helped capture Mr. Hughey, who police said resisted arrest.

Officers confirmed the Honda was stolen and it's owner identified, from a photo array, Mr. Drake and Mr. Hughey as two of his three assailants, the complaint says.

Mr. Hughey is charged with "police animals," a felony, for fighting Pluto. Both he and Mr. Drake also were charged with robbery of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy.

Sadie Gurman: sgurman@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878.
First Published September 12, 2012 2:58 pm

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