Police: Clairton man threatens cops after arrest on domestic violence charge

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A Clairton man accused of domestic violence and threatening to shoot police is jailed following the issuance Saturday of an emergency federal arrest warrant, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court today.

Kevin Lamont Thomas, 39, was charged in 2006 with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, followed by three years of probation.

Court documents do not indicate the date of his release, which under federal Bureau of Prison rules could have been moved up by about one year for good behavior.

He was arrested May 5 and charged with assault and other crimes for causing what the emergency warrant called "violent harm and injury to his girlfriend."

He made bond and moved back in with his girlfriend, according to the warrant.

On Saturday, according to the warrant, Thomas was again arrested and accused of assault against the same woman, then "made threats to kill individual officers upon release from custody, harm their families and to 'shoot up' the Clairton police station."

He is charged in state court with assault, terroristic threats, harassment and other counts in relation to that incident.

He is in the Allegheny County Jail pending a Thursday hearing on whether he has violated his federal probation.

"I would think that the courts need to take a closer look at some of his comments and act appropriately," Clairton police Chief Robert Hoffman said. "We see that on a regular basis, these kinds of threats."

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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