Penn Hills man charged in abduction of 16-year-old girl

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By Amanda Klein | January 17, 2019

At approximately 11:58 p.m., Wednesday, McKeesport police acting on a tip provided by Allegheny County Sheriff’s detectives rescued the 16-year-old girl who had been forcibly abducted from her home earlier that day by her ex-boyfriend.

Authorities arrested Jermaine LaQuay Rodgers, 19, after a three hour standoff and charged him with kidnapping, burglary, unlawful restraint, making terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief.

At approximately 8:17 p.m., the Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert after learning that the teen, identified by police as, Marani Aquil had been forcibly removed from her home.

According to a criminal complaint a juvenile who was in the home at the time of the incident told police she saw Rodgers break through the door and punch Aquil, which knocked her to the ground. Rodgers continued to punch Aquil while she was on the ground, police said.

Aquil’s mother told police that she witnessed the incident live on her home security camera while she was at work.

The juvenile who witnessed the assault told police that Rodgers kept demanding the camera be turned off as he was punching Aquil.

Aquil was forced into the backseat of Rodger’s car after he displayed a gun he had hidden in his waistband, police said. Rodgers then fled the scene.

“He assaulted her in the house, forcibly took her from the home, put her into a car and left the area,” said Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton.

The complaint alleged that a witness called police at 11:40 p.m. after watching a live stream posted by Rodgers on his Facebook page.

Following the standoff county police SWAT operators entered the home and found Rodgers hiding in the cellar.

Christian Peterson, 18, of Munhall, who was also found in the home is facing charges of hindering apprehension and obstruction of justice.

Rodgers is currently in the Allegheny County Jail after being denied bond and faces a Jan. 28 preliminary hearing.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

 

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