Swissvale man arrested, released and arrested again waives hearing

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A man who was wanted in a Pittsburgh domestic violence case and was then released by Swissvale police who stopped him, waived his right Thursday to a preliminary hearing.

Pittsburgh police charged Nire Brown, 18, of Swissvale, with simple assault and theft in March, after his girlfriend at the time told officers he slapped her and punched her in the head, then tried to choke her and steal her cell phone, according to a criminal complaint.

Swissvale police took Mr. Brown into custody July 7 and released him after they said neither their officers nor Pittsburgh police were free to take him to the Allegheny County Jail. Allegheny County sheriff‘‍s deputies arrested Mr. Brown at his home July 9 after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked about his release.

Both Mr. Brown’‍s attorney and his family declined comment at the courthouse Thursday. Formal arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 2.

First Published July 17, 2014 12:00 AM


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