Saturday, March 30, 2013

U.S. Marshals Arrest McKeesport Homicide Suspect

Pittsburgh, PA - McKeesport Homicide suspect Mark Leonard was apprehended hiding in the basement of a residence in the 1200 block of Morrow Street, Wilkinsburg, PA, at approximately 9:40 am this morning. He was found trying to secrete himself above furnace duct work to evade capture when U.S. Marshals discovered him and affected his arrest with assistance from officers from the Wilkinsburg Police Department. Leonard, age 32, was charged by the Allegheny County Police with Criminal Homicide and Firearms offenses for his alleged involvement in the January 11, 2013 shooting death of Jayemond Bailey inside the Street Stars Bar in McKeesport. Approximately 20 other patrons were inside the bar at the time of the shooting. Allegheny County Police secured a warrant for Leonard on January 16, 2013 following their investigation.

Leonard is originally from the Hill District and is known to frequent McKeesport and the Manchester section of Pittsburgh. Following his arrest, Leonard was turned over to Allegheny County Police Homicide Detectives.

U.S. Marshal Steve Frank attributed today’s success of taking another violent fugitive off the streets of Western PA to the joint effort of the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sheriffs, and Westmoreland County. These agencies, along with the United States Attorney’s Office, are participating members of the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force (WPAFTF).

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