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Police Make Arrest in Downtown Stabbing

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 8, 2019) -- Pittsburgh Bureau of Police investigators made an arrest this evening following a double stabbing Downtown.

James Wyatt, 23, of McKeesport was arrested on charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault. He was booked into the Allegheny County Jail.

A Zone 2 officer working out of the Downtown substation was on regular patrol around 11:40 a.m. when he stopped to conduct a welfare check on a woman who appeared to be sleeping or passed out at a bus stop on the 300 block of 6th Avenue.

As the officer spoke to the woman, a man approached and assaulted her with a weapon, later determined to be a knife. The male then assaulted another woman who was walking past the bus stop.

The officer confronted the male (James Wyatt), disarmed him and placed him in custody.

The officer then rendered aid to the victims, who had been slashed with a knife. Medics arrived and transported the victims to local hospitals.

The woman at the bus stop died as a result of her wounds. The second woman was listed in stable condition.

Wyatt was taken to Police Headquarters for questioning before he was charged.

At this time there is no evidence to suggest that this attack was racially or religiously motivated. The woman at the bus stop was not wearing religious garb. The second victim may have been wearing a hijab.

“We will conduct a complete and thorough investigation of this tragic incident to include motive,” Major Crimes Commander Victor Joseph said. “At this time we do not have any evidence to suggest this was a hate crime.”

 

Published

08.08.2019

Contacts

Chris Togneri
Public Information Officer
Public Safety
412-627-3552
chris.togneri@pittsburghpa.gov