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UPDATE: Male Jumps into the Mon River to Elude Arrest Following Attempted Carjacking 

Date: August 2, 2023
Incident Type: Robbery
Location: Zone 4

UPDATE: Police arrested 24-year-old Jaelin Opara in this incident. He is charged with Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Evading Arrest. 

Original post:

At approximately 7:10 p.m., Pittsburgh Police from Zone 4 responded to a 9-1-1 call for an attempted carjacking at McFarren Street and Ettwein Street in the parking area for the Duck Hollow Trail.

A male on a bicycle reportedly threatened two males at their vehicle, intimated he had a weapon, and demanded the keys to the vehicle, to which they complied. The suspect then took off on his bike.

The victims called police and units already working in the area quickly identified the possible suspect from the description provided, and made contact with the male. The suspect resisted arrest and jumped into the Monongahela River. 

Police called River Rescue to respond from the North Shore while extending a life preserver to the male, which he repeatedly refused. The male eventually put on the personal flotation device, but continued swimming further from shore. 

When River Rescue arrived, the male began fighting with EMS divers and the Pittsburgh Police boat operator. prompting three Zone 4 officers to put on life preservers and swim out to arrest him. 

They managed to place him in custody without further incident. After being medically cleared by the  EMS physician on scene, the suspect was transported to the Allegheny County Jail.

He faces multiple charges including robbery, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest. 

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz