'Most wanted' robbery suspect apprehended in Heidelberg

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A "most wanted" robbery suspect -- who fled the courthouse after discovering he would be drug tested before trial -- was detained by Allegheny County sheriff's deputies tonight in Heidelberg, Lt. Jack Kearney said.

Zachary H. Gonze, 26, of South Fayette, who had been free on bond, was to stand trial Wednesday in three Mt. Lebanon robberies, the lieutenant said. Two of the robberies took place in the Virginia Manor Shopping Center, and the third, in the 600 block of Washington Road.

Before court personnel could administer the drug test, he fled, and a warrant was issued for him. In the last day, deputies followed dozens of leads through several municipalities, Lt. Kearney said.

Mr. Gonze was located tonight at a home in the 1600 block of Washington Street. When deputies arrived there, they saw Mr. Gonze asleep on a couch, entered the home through an unlocked door and arrested him without incident, Lt. Kearney said.

Mr. Gonze is being held without bond in the Allegheny County Jail.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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