Pittsburgh police: Man jumped out window carrying 2-week-old son

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Pittsburgh police arrested an East Liberty man early this morning and accused him of jumping out a window and running away with his 2-week-old son while officers attempted to serve him with a protection-from-abuse order.

Justin Comans, 32, faces charges of kidnapping, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of a child and interfering with child custody.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint that they attempted to serve the emergency protection-from-abuse order on Mr. Comans at his apartment in the 6000 block of Stanton Avenue shortly after midnight.

When they arrived, Mr. Comans and the boy were inside the apartment on the second story. The boy's mother told police that the only way out was through the front door or a fire escape.

But when police made their way inside, neither Mr. Comans nor the boy was inside.

Officers determined that Mr. Comans opened a rear window and jumped onto a garage roof and then onto a brick wall with the boy, according to the complaint.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a press release that the city's SWAT team arrested Mr. Comans at a home in Lincoln-Lemington about 6:30 a.m. today.

The child appeared to be unharmed, she said, but medics took the boy to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC as a precaution.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter: @LizNavratil.


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