Fugitive arrested at Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto's victory party

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A man on the sheriff's most-wanted list was arrested Tuesday night after someone at Bill Peduto's election victory party pointed him out to Pittsburgh police.

Ernie Daniels, 54, of Homewood, was wanted on a bench warrant for failing to appear in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in connection with a 2012 case in which he is accused of punching his brother and hitting him with a baseball bat.

Mr. Daniels was eating and drinking about 9:15 p.m. when someone in side the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood told officers working at the event that he thought he recognized Mr. Daniels, who was on the Allegheny County sheriff's list of 20 most-wanted fugitives.

Officers confirmed the warrant existed, handcuffed Mr. Daniels and took him to the Allegheny County Jail, where he is being held today.

Mr. Daniels was arrested Nov. 25, 2012, after his brother told Pittsburgh police Mr. Daniels punched him once in the mouth and hit him over the head with a baseball bat, according to a criminal complaint.

Court records show he was released from jail on nonmonetary bail a little more than a week later. Prosecutors obtained a bench warrant for him in June of this year after he failed to appear in court.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil.


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