A man who led police on a circuitous chase from the North Side to Westwood, injuring an officer and a civilian, faces a hearing Tuesday in Municipal Court on charges of robbery, aggravated assault and other offenses.
Pittsburgh police on Friday identified the man as Randy Williams, 24, of Manchester. He was released from jail on $50,000 bond.
Police say Williams, who uses the alias Travis Lee Moriarty, fled after city Street Response Unit officers saw him buying drugs in Marshall-Shadeland Thursday afternoon. He jumped into a jitney, which police chased until the driver pulled over and emerged with his hands up.
Williams slid into the passenger seat and drove off with police in pursuit. He crashed into a pickup truck on Beaver Avenue and ran from the jitney.
He struggled with city Officer Terry Holland, who tried to subdue him with a Taser and nightstick. A passer-by, identified by his employer as Fritz Toomer, of McKees Rocks, saw the struggle and stopped to help. Williams threw Toomer to the ground and jumped into Toomer’s car.
He dragged Holland for about a city block before the officer fell from the car. Holland suffered scrapes and bruises, and the car ran over his foot.
Other patrol cars chased Williams into Green Tree, where he hit a car occupied by two women, who were not injured. Williams kept driving, and then crashed with a Green Tree patrol car, police said. He ran to a nearby house and briefly took a woman hostage, before city officers fired a Taser at him through a smashed window, broke down the door and arrested him.
The woman wasn’t injured and told police she doesn’t know Williams.
Police said they seized 146 stamp bags of heroin found in Williams’ pocket and a Tech 9 semi-automatic handgun found under the jitney passenger seat. The bags of heroin were not marked with the “Get High or Die Trying” label that was found on bags linked to fatal overdoses in the past 12 days, police said.