Man with gun arrested in Wilkinsburg after domestic dispute leads to SWAT callout

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A domestic dispute this morning in Homewood involving a gun led to a SWAT team deployment before the suspect was arrested in Wilkinsburg.

Armondo Alverez, age unknown, is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault, theft and burglary.

The incident began around 5:34 a.m. in the 7700 block of Formosa Way when police responded to a 911 call from Mr. Alverez's girlfriend, Shaniqua Strong.

Ms. Strong told police that she was awakened around 5:15 a.m. by her 8-year-old sister crying, according to a police affidavit.

Ms. Strong said she saw Mr. Alverez touching her sister's arm. When she confronted him, they argued.

Mr. Alverez took Ms. Strong's cell phone and left, but he returned a short time later and pointed a gun at Ms. Strong, the affidavit said.

She told police she locked the door, but he threatened to shoot it down and break a window.

Ms. Strong took her three sisters -- ages 8, 5 and 2 -- and went out the back door to a neighbor's house, from where she called 911.

Arriving officers found Ms. Strong's front door open and what looked like forced entry. 

Believing Mr. Alverez to still be inside, police cordoned off the area and unsuccessfully tried to make contact with him.

The SWAT team arrived to search the house, but around 7 a.m. a witness saw a man fitting Mr. Alverez's description walking along Penn Avenue near Point Breeze and notified police.

An officer found the man and took him into custody without incident in the 300 block of Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg.

Police found a .38-caliber handgun in Mr. Alverez's pocket, according to the affidavit.

Ms. Strong told police that Mr. Alverez was from Mexico and was an illegal alien, the affidavit said.

That claim could not be verified by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Mr. Alverez was in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Jonathan D. Silver:, 412-263-1962 or on Twitter @jsilverpg. First Published March 22, 2014 8:35 AM


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