No Stanley Cup-related arrests made following Penguins’ victory
Pittsburgh police didn’t make any arrests related to Stanley Cup victory celebrations across the city Sunday night, but revelers set at least one couch on fire in Mt. Washington, a spokeswoman said.
“Our preliminary numbers show that our fans celebrated like champions as well,” Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said in an email Monday morning.
Toler said police made two unrelated arrests in the South Side in the hours after the Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators to win the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup championship.
Thomas Dowden, 35, of Peters was charged with aggravated assault following an incident inside The Flats bar. Toler said Dowden made a crude remark to two women and, after one of the women pushed him away, “reverse kicked” the women in the face as he walked down steps in front of them.
Police arrested 46-year-old Derrick Lang after finding him asleep in his van at South 18th and Sarah streets, Toler said.
Paramedics treated several people for heat-related issues and took one person to a hospital with a head injury, Toler said. Exact numbers for injuries were not available.
Police beefed up their presence in the South Side and closed a section of East Carson Street for about 90 minutes after the hockey game’s closing ceremonies ended in Nashville.
The city conducted a citywide “couch patrol” in an effort to prevent a repeat of last year when revelers set two couches on fire in Mt. Washington following the Penguins’ Stanley Cup win over the San Jose Sharks.
Still, a couch fire was reported shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Kathleen Street, Toler said. She said crews put out the fire quickly and without incident.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer.