A Crawford-Roberts man wanted in three separate assault cases — two involving police officers — was being held in the Allegheny County Jail on Friday.
Authorities had been searching for Byron Williams, 26, for more than a month.
Early Thursday, police spotted a car associated with him parked in Windgap and set up surveillance. They watched as Williams, whose face was initially obscured by a hood, approached the car, cleaned it off then locked himself out of it. Police said Williams went into a house, came out again and "attempted to use various objects to unlock the vehicle."
Officers, who now had a better view of Williams, arrested him and made arrangements for the car to be towed since it was registered to someone else.
Williams was wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear in a December case in which he was accused of assaulting a Pittsburgh police officer, according to court records. Police said Williams, who had a gun, tussled with Officer John Baker, leaving the officer with a bloody lip and "a sizable knot" on one of his shoulder blades.
Police also charged Williams with assaulting the mother of his child in late December, saying he hit her repeatedly in the head, at least once with a pistol.
He was charged most recently with assaulting a Pennsylvania State Police trooper. Police said Trooper Kurtis Glasgow pulled over a vehicle Jan. 8 on Route 28 for a lane violation and a window tint violation.
Williams — who police said initially gave a fake name — was a passenger in the car. Police said the trooper confronted Williams about the fake name, and Williams "rushed" the trooper and pushed him into the guard rail. The two wrestled along the highway, police said, until Williams broke free and ran into the woods.
Williams was being held in jail pending preliminary hearings in the cases.
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