Among the suspects arrested in connection with the weekend stabbing of a Steelers player was a rising rapper who appeared in the music video for Wiz Khalifa's hit song "Black and Yellow."
Dquay Means, 26, of Hazelwood goes by the stage name Quay Meanz and recently signed to Wiz Khalifa's fledgling music label.
Also arrested was Michael Paranay, 25, of Hazelwood, and police were seeking a third suspect Tuesday night.
Means and Mr. Paranay face charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and conspiracy in connection with the Sunday morning stabbing of Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams. Mr. Adams was released from UPMC Mercy on Tuesday after he underwent two surgeries for injuries that included a laceration to his colon.
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 Sunday when three men approached him. He said Mr. Paranay told him his black Ford F-150 Raptor was a nice truck and Means said, "Gimme your car."
Mr. Adams told Means, "You aren't gonna shoot me on the street in front of people" and Means responded, "I want your car or I'll shoot you in the face and kill you in front of everyone," according to the complaint.
Mr. Adams told police Mr. Paranay then punched him in the face and a third man -- who has not yet been arrested -- stabbed him in the abdomen and slashed his right forearm.
Homicide detectives tied Mr. Paranay to the crime after they analyzed a phone that was dropped at the scene. It was not immediately clear how they arrived at Means as a suspect, but Mr. Adams identified both him and Mr. Paranay in photos, according to criminal complaints.
Means led police on a foot chase before they arrested him Monday night. He eluded officers but later returned and surrendered after speaking with his mother.
Means identifies as part of the Taylor Gang, a loosely knit group of people who hang out with Taylor Allderdice alumnus-turned-rapper Wiz Khalifa. He is the latest artist to sign to Wiz Khalifa's fledgling label, TGOD, which stands for Taylor Gang or Die, and was listed on the lineup in March for the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, which gains national attention each year. Nearly 12,000 people follow him on Twitter.
A representative for Wiz Khalifa did not respond to a request for comment.
Means' criminal record includes previous convictions on charges of receiving stolen property, drug possession, fleeing police and disorderly conduct. Because he has a prior felony conviction, he is not legally allowed to own a gun.
Mr. Paranay was awaiting arraignment Tuesday night and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on June 13.
Records show that he is due to appear in Common Pleas Court for a plea hearing next month. In that case, police said Mr. Paranay became angry when the manager at the Mason's Jar Bar on Monongahela Avenue stopped serving him alcohol. After he left the bar, he was spotted pulling a pistol out of his pants and cocking it toward the bar, according to a criminal complaint.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published June 3, 2013 10:30 PM