Arrest warrant issued in Sheraden kidnapping
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Pittsburgh detectives on Saturday obtained an arrest warrant for a man and are still searching for two others who they said briefly kidnapped a McKees Rocks man Thursday on a busy Sheraden street.
David Walker, 28, of Sheraden, will be charged with robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy and possessing instruments of a crime in connection with the incident, which police said occurred about 5 p.m. on Hammond Street.
The victim, 22, was walking when a red van pulled up alongside him. Its occupants asked him for directions before one of them aimed a gun at him and ordered him to get inside. Detectives have said the man, whose identity was not released, had no known connection to his assailants.
He told police he got in behind a front-seat passenger and realized all three men were pointing handguns at him. Police said the men ordered him to strip and rifled through his shorts, taking his cell phone, wallet and cash. They discussed plans to kill him behind the library on Sherwood Avenue but nixed the plan because there were too many poeple around.
Seeing a group of police officers making a traffic stop on Hillsboro Street, the man unlocked the door of the van and jumped out. Surveillance footage shows him rolling half-naked into the busy intersection and flagging down the officers. Police recovered the van in Crafton Heights with the man's belt still inside.
Detectives James Glick, Michael Mares and Dawn Mercurio, who are investigating the case, urged anyone with information on Mr. Walker's whereabouts to call them at the Zone 6 station at 412-937-3095.
First Published July 15, 2012 12:00 am