Public Safety Blotter Articles

Police Arrest Suspect in Business Robbery

Date: February 16, 2023
Incident Type: Arrest/Robbery
Location: Zone 5

On February 13, Pittsburgh Police from Zone 5 responded to a robbery and assault at the Dollar Tree in the 6000 block of Penn Avenue.

The actor reportedly entered the store and struck a male clerk on the back of the neck with his fist while the clerk was helping a customer. The suspect then stole cash from the open register drawer before exiting the store. 

Officers received information that the suspect left the area in a stolen white van that police later spotted after it was stuck in traffic. The male fled from the vehicle on foot and was taken into custody. He was interviewed at police headquarters and later arrested.

Kwon Lester, 43, is charged with Robbery, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police, and Reckless Driving.

Lester is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz