Local authorities suspect the third man wanted in the stabbing of Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams might have fled to northern Florida, where some of his relatives live.
Jerrell Whitlock, 26, of Hazelwood has been on the lam since June 1, when Pittsburgh police say he and two other men worked together in an incident that led to Mr. Whitlock stabbing Mr. Adams in the South Side.
Jack Kearney, a lieutenant with the Allegheny County sheriff's office, said investigators recently received a tip that relatives of Mr. Whitlock's mother lived in Lake City, Fla.
They contacted the Columbia County sheriff's office for assistance on Monday after they confirmed that information was correct. Deputies in Florida searched several homes thought to belong to Mr. Whitlock's relatives but had not yet been able to find him as of Tuesday night.
"We still have every reason to believe that he is there," Lt. Kearney said, adding that one person interviewed slipped up by saying first that Mr. Whitlock hadn't been at his house all day and then trying to cover by saying that Mr. Whitlock had never been there.
Sgt. Edward Seifert with the Columbia County sheriff's office said Florida officials distributed Mr. Whitlock's photo to some local law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Whitlock is wanted on charges of attempted homicide, attempted robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy. Two other men, Dquay Means, 26, and Michael Paranay, 25, both of Hazelwood, already have 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 Mr. 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. on June 1.
They wrote that Mr. Paranay sucker-punched Mr. Adams in the face while Means held a gun and Mr. Whitlock stabbed him. Mr. Adams was released from the hospital last week.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published June 11, 2013 3:15 PM