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UPDATE: Pittsburgh Police Investigate Multiple Carjacking

Date: October 8, 2019
Incident Type: Carjacking/Pursuit
Location: Zone 5

Pittsburgh Police and Allegheny County Sheriffs’ Deputies responded to a carjacking report around 2:45 p.m. near the intersection of North Beatty Street and East Liberty Blvd.

Per the initial investigation: A 19-year-old female with a gun in her waistband entered a car that was not hers in a gas station. The owner told the suspect to leave and she did.

The suspect then attempted to carjack the personal vehicle of an off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy. An off-duty Pittsburgh Police Officer in her personal vehicle witnessed the attempted carjacking. The deputy and the officer both withdrew their firearms and began to chase the suspect on foot. The suspect ran.

Police searched the area and learned that the suspect had successfully carjacked a white Subaru from a male victim on Beatty.

Police located the vehicle in Homewood on Frankstown Avenue and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver did not comply and led police on a pursuit into Penn Hills. The suspect crashed near the intersection of Graham and Frankstown shortly before 3 p.m.

Police arrested the suspect at the scene and recovered a gun. The suspect faces multiple charges.

Pittsburgh Police are investigating.

None of the carjacking victims were injured, nor was the suspect.

UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Ajanay Watson. She faces multiple charges, including robbery of a vehicle, attempted carjacking, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, simple assault and gun charges.

NOTE: This post has been edited to correct initial reports that the PBP officer was a victim, and that the suspect tried to carjack four vehicles.

Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri