Armored-truck killing first local case on FBI Facebook page

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The FBI hopes to raise awareness about the case of a fugitive security guard charged with killing his partner in a $2.3 million heist by showcasing it on the agency's Facebook page, the first time a case from the agency's Pittsburgh field office has received such attention.

Police nationwide continue to search for Kenneth John Konias Jr., 22, of Dravosburg, whose FBI wanted poster is now featured on the Facebook page, Special Agent Robert Ambrosini said this afternoon.

"There's a whole other audience than the people you reach by having a wanted poster up" in places such as a post office, Agent Ambrosini said. "This is a better mechanism to reach people, and it shows the magnitude of this case."

Mr. Konias is charged with homicide, robbery and theft in the Feb. 28 slaying of Michael Haines, 31, with whom he operated an armored truck for Garda Cash Logistics.

Police found Mr. Haines dead of a gunshot to the back of the head in the cargo area of the truck, which had been idling for at least two hours under the 31st Street Bridge in the Strip District.

Law enforcement agencies are spreading the word about Mr. Konias because they believe he is dangerous and armed with at least two semi-automatic pistols, including Mr. Haines' 9mm Glock service weapon.

Subscribers to the FBI's Facebook page have already begun posting comments about the Konias case.

"Let's get him!" one person wrote.

"Just remember, you can run but you can't hide forever!" another wrote. "You will be found!"


Sadie Gurman: sgurman@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878.


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