Harrison police chase suspect faces drug, flight charges
An hourlong manhunt for a suspect who fled from Harrison police on foot Tuesday caused the Highlands School District to place all of its schools on lockdown for 45 minutes.
Cyon Lee Taylor, 26, no fixed address, was eventually caught and arrested inside a doctor’s office along Penn Street in Brackenridge, according to Harrison police Sgt. Brian Turack.
Taylor is charged by Harrison police with criminal trespass, escape, flight to avoid arrest, possession of drugs with intent to deliver, theft, and other offenses, according to court records.
The incident began around 11 a.m., when police received a report of suspicious activity in an alley near Carlisle Street.
Officers were given the description of three people and, when Turack went to the area, he said he found Taylor, who matched one of the descriptions given to police.
Turack said he stopped Taylor at the corner of Freeport Road and Georgia Avenue. He said the two spoke but, when he tried to arrest Taylor, Turack said Taylor ran off on foot into Brackenridge.
Police lost sight of Taylor at the intersection of Ohio Street and Broadview Boulevard.
“We immediately notified the school district only as a precaution,” Turack said. “They then made the determination that they were going to lock down, which I believe they did do.”
The schools were locked down from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Students at the Highlands Elementary School and the Highlands Early Childhood Center were not allowed to go outside during recess during the lockdown, according to Highlands School District spokeswoman Jennifer Goldberg.
Goldberg said police told district officials the man they were chasing was not considered dangerous.
“At no time were the students and staff in danger during this event,” said Substitute Superintendent Monique Mawhinney.
The district, however, locked down the schools “as an added precaution” to assure the safety of the students and the staff, a message on the district’s website read.
When police initially took Taylor into custody along Freeport Road, he repeatedly said “I don’t want to do this right now,” according to a police affidavit.
Police placed a handcuff on his left hand, but Taylor suddenly spun out of the grip of an officer.
Turack said Taylor was later seen hiding inside of a garage in the 1000 block of Atlantic Avenue in Brackenridge. Police chased him again, and he eventually was caught inside the doctor’s office shortly before 12:10 p.m.
Police said Taylor had suspected crack cocaine and marijuana, more than $600 in cash, and a digital scale on him at the time of his arrest.
Taylor was arraigned before District Judge Carolyn Bengel in Brackenridge Tuesday afternoon. He remained in the Allegheny County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $20,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 3 before Bengel.
Tuack said Harrison police are grateful to residents who are on the lookout for suspicious activity, and officers investigate all such reports.
Brian Rittmeyer and Madasyn Czebiniak are Tribune-Review staff writers. Reach Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer. Reach Madasyn at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @MaddyCzebsTrib. Staff writers Mary Ann Thomas and Chuck Biedka contributed.