Pittsburgh police arrest 18-year-old man after 4 hour standoff

By Terri Hill | January 8, 2019

An 18-year-old man is in custody after holding off police and SWAT operators for a little over four hours Tuesday, according to Pittsburgh police.

The teen identified by police as Dashawn Rini, 18, refused to leave his home on Kohne Street in Pittsburgh’s St. Clair neighborhood when detectives tried to arrest him at 11:11 a.m. on an aggravated assault warrant.

Police spokeswoman Alicia George said Rini refused to come out of the house and barricaded himself inside. “While repeatedly trying to coax Rini out of the house, officers learned that a weapon was inside.”

SWAT operators along with several K-9 units and EMS responded to the scene.

Police continued to speak with Rini and he continued to refuse to surrender to police.

After a protracted negotiation, police and several K-9s entered the house after introducing tear gas inside the home. Rini was taken into custody at 3:24 p.m., Ms. George said.

No injuries were reported and no shots were fired during the standoff.

While Rini is charged as a juvenile in the aggravated assault case, he will likely face additional charges as an adult in connection with the standoff, Ms. George said.


Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

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