Friday, January 24, 2014

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Captures Wilkinsburg Shooting Suspect

Pittsburgh, PA - The U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force (WPAFTF) arrested fugitive Leonard “Juice” Coker at approximately 12:30 pm this afternoon at a residence in Penn Hills. Coker, age 22, was charged by the Allegheny County Police on December 24, 2013 with Criminal Attempt - Criminal Homicide, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Aggravated Assault and Recklessly Endangering another Person. These charges arose out of an incident occurring at a Wilkinsburg barber shop on October 31, 2013. Coker is alleged to have entered the barber shop and shot the male victim multiple times as he sat in a chair getting his hair cut.

Coker was also wanted by the Penn Hills Police Department based on a December 19, 2013 arrest warrant charging him with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Weapon, Resisting Arrest and Escape. Additionally, Coker was also wanted pursuant to an Allegheny County Court of Common Please probation violation arrest warrant issued December 19, 2013 for the underlying offense of Firearms not to be Carried without a License
Coker was last known to reside in the New Kensington area and was known to frequent the Penn Hills, New Kensington and Arnold areas. WPAFTF members arrested Coker this afternoon without incident in the first floor of a residence in the 100 block of Marose Drive, Penn Hills. Following his arrest, Coker was turned him over to the custody of Allegheny County Police Homicide Detectives.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is comprised of officers from the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sheriffs, and Westmoreland County Sheriff’s. 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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