Wilkinsburg police arrest man on most wanted list

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Wilkinsburg police today arrested a man on the U.S. Marshals Service's most-wanted list for the Western District of Pennsylvania after a short pursuit that injured one person.

Kevin Rucker, 43, address not listed, was arraigned today on charges of fleeing and eluding an officer, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and traffic violations, court records show.

Wilkinsburg police said in a press release that Mr. Rucker was in possession of heroin and about $900 in cash and will be charged locally with drug violations, in addition to the May 2013 federal warrant charges. The U.S. Marshals website says Mr. Rucker was wanted on charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Just before 10:10 a.m., Wilkinsburg police were investigating an anonymous tip that a wanted person was in the 1200 block of Hill Avenue. Officers saw Mr. Rucker getting into a black Buick that matched a description they were given and tried to stop the vehicle, police said.

Mr. Rucker then fled from officers, who gave chase, police said. The pursuit ended when Mr. Rucker hit another vehicle at South Braddock Avenue and the Edgewood ramp of Interstate 376, police said.

The person in that vehicle was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Mr. Rucker has a preliminary hearing on the latest charges scheduled for April 10.


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