Arlington man arrested in Mt. Lebanon shooting

An Arlington man is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on charges including attempted homicide in connection with a Thursday night shooting in Mt. Lebanon.

Mt. Lebanon and Pittsburgh police took Juawane Tyree Dennison, 22, into custody today at a home in Arlington. He is also charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault, robbery and burglary.

Detectives are still trying to identify two other suspects they believe were with Mr. Dennison at the Mt. Lebanon apartment building where the shooting took place, police said.

Lt. Aaron Lauth said Mt. Lebanon officers went to 1425 McFarland Road shortly before 11:30 p.m. for a report that a man had been shot in the stomach.

Police said Jason Collins, 29, invited the men inside to smoke marijuana in his sixth-floor apartment when an argument began, Lt. Lauth said this morning. At some point, the men planned to rob Mr. Collins, the lieutenant said.

According to a criminal complaint written by Mt. Lebanon police Detective Lt. Thomas White, Mr. Collins told police that one of the men, but not Dennison, pointed a silver revolver at him, demanded money and drugs and told him "not to do anything stupid" while the other two men searched the apartment.

Mr. Collins tried to leave out the front door, grabbed the revolver and struggled with the man. All three men assaulted Mr. Collins, he told police.

While he was on the ground, the man fired twice, hitting him once.

Mr. Collins said he heard Dennison tell the gunman, "Shoot him or kill him!"

At some point, the men planned to rob Mr. Collins, the lieutenant said, and a short time later, at least one shot was fired in a hallway outside the apartment, hitting Mr. Collins.

Mr. Collins is expected to make a full recovery after surgery at UPMC Mercy, where he was taken after the shooting. Police described his condition this morning as stable.

The three men ran out of the building before police arrived.

A neighbor captured the shooting on video, which corroborates Mr. Collins' account, police said.

Online court records show Dennison pleaded guilty in 2010 to possession with intent to manufacture or sell drugs and was sentenced to nine months' probation.

Mt. Lebanon police asked anyone with information to call 911 and ask to speak with an officer.

First Published December 13, 2013 6:31 AM


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