U.S. Marshals arrest Pittsburgh homicide suspect in New Kensington

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The U.S. Marshals this morning arrested a Pittsburgh homicide suspect in New Kensington who has been on the loose since December.

Jamirre Wilkes is charged with killing Caleb Williams, 20, of Turtle Creek on Dec. 10.

The marshals' Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force caught up with Mr. Wilkes at a home in the 500 block of Freeport Road in New Kensington, according to a news release.

The task force went to the house to try to find another fugitive, Edward Stewart, who was wanted on a Westmoreland County parole violation warrant.

When task force members forced their way inside after getting no answer to their knocks, they found not only Mr. Stewart but Mr. Wilkes as well.

Mr. Wilkes lied at first, giving authorities a different name, the marshals said.

Also in the house was Gerald Miller, who was charged with a firearms violation in connection with a handgun found in the couch where he had been lying.

Task force members also found an assault pistol, a drug scale and suspected heroin, according to the news release.

Mr. Wilkes was being held in the Allegheny County Jail on Friday night. A warrant for his arrest had been issued Jan. 14.

Mr. Williams was shot when he and another man were leaving an apartment in the 1700 block of Letsche Street around 10:40 a.m. Dec. 10 and Mr. Wilkes shot at them from behind, Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint.

Mr. Williams was shot three times and died of a gunshot wound to the upper back, police said. He was pronounced dead at Allegheny General Hospital at 11:19 a.m.

Surveillance video footage from the Housing Authority shows Mr. Wilkes flee on foot toward Sandusky Court and at 11:14 a.m. leave the area in a gray Toyota, police said.

Mr. Wilkes has been charged with criminal homicide, attempted homicide, carrying a firearm without a license, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.


First Published March 28, 2014 4:19 PM


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