A criminal complaint filed Wednesday offered new details about the arrest Tuesday night of former mayoral candidate A.J. Richardson.
Pittsburgh police wrote that they were called to the 3100 block of Bergman Avenue in Sheraden about 6:30 p.m. after Lee Lyons reported that his neighbor, Mr. Richardson, 37, entered his house without permission, yelling and pointing at him. Mr. Lyons told police Mr. Richardson poked him under the eye and then ran out the front door.
Police wrote that when they crossed the street to speak with Mr. Richardson, they "could smell an overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person" and that he refused to answer their questions. They said Mr. Richardson tensed up, made two fists and pulled his arms away when they tried to handcuff him.
Police also wrote that Mr. Richardson resisted their efforts to handcuff him so they tried to use several maneuvers to arrest him. After Officer Shawn Luff punched him once in the face, Mr. Richardson said "I'm done" and stopped resisting, according to the complaint.
Medics later took Mr. Richardson to the hospital to receive treatment for injuries to his face.
Police wrote that while he was at the hospital, Mr. Richardson said, "When I get out of jail, I'm gonna get him, he's mine, I'm gonna get him," referring to Officer Luff.
Mr. Richardson was being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bail Wednesday night. He faces a preliminary hearing Sept. 17 on charges of riot, trespass, aggravated assault, burglary, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, public drunkenness and other crimes.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org.