The Pennsylvania State Police and other agencies have joined the search for the third suspect in the weekend stabbing of Steelers tackle Mike Adams.
Pittsburgh police on Wednesday morning released the identity of the man they are seeking, 26-year-old Jerrell Whitlock of Hazelwood. He faces charges of attempted homicide, attempted robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy.
Police searched Hazelwood and several other neighborhoods in Allegheny County for Mr. Whitlock on Tuesday night and believe that he left the area.
Two other men, Dquay Means, 26, and Michael Paranay, 25, both of Hazelwood, have already been arrested in the case.
Means, a rapper who appeared in the music video for Wiz Khalifa's hit song "Black and Yellow," goes by the stage name Quay Meanz and recently signed with Khalifa's fledgling music label.
Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that Mr. Adams left Cambod-Ican Kitchen at 17th and East Carson streets shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday and three men approached him.
They wrote that Mr. Paranay sucker-punched Mr. Adams in the face while Means held a gun and Mr. Whitlock stabbed him.
The person who stabbed Mr. Adams cut him so deep he sliced part of Mr. Adams' colon. Mr. Adams was released from UPMC Mercy Hospital on Tuesday.
Homicide detectives tied Mr. Paranay to the crime after he dropped a cell phone at the scene. A witness saw the cell phone and gave it to police.
"The cell phone was the key piece of evidence in this case that directed us directly to Paranay," said Kevin Kraus, acting commander of the major crimes unit. "We've also collected some video surveillance evidence in the area that has been very valuable to the investigation."
He declined to say how police linked Means and Mr. Whitlock to the case, and criminal complaints do not describe that process except to say that Mr. Adams identified them both in photo arrays.
Cmdr. Kraus said police are not sure why the suspects attacked Mr. Adams.
"From all we know, it appears to be random," he said. "We have no information or evidence that indicates that any of these three individuals knew they were targeting or involved with a Pittsburgh Steeler."
Mr. Whitlock's criminal record includes previous convictions on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, drug possession, escape and firearms violations.
"We have information that he may have left Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, and based on his history and current involvement with this incident we are considering him armed and dangerous," the commander said.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1438. First Published June 5, 2013 2:30 PM