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Pittsburgh police arrest domestic violence suspect who sparked weekend standoff

Megan Guza
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Editor’s note: All charges against Peter Stepanovich relating to this incident were withdrawn Nov. 20, 2018, during a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge James Hanley Jr.

Pittsburgh police on Tuesday arrested a domestic violence suspect who prompted an hours-long standoff over the weekend, authorities said.

The incident began about 4:45 p.m. Sunday when police responded to a home on Chelton Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood for a report of a domestic violence incident, according to Public Safety spokeswoman Alicia George.

Police arrived and found a woman with visible injuries, and officers surrounded the home, believing the man inside – later identified as Peter Stepanovich – was armed, George said.

Stepanovich refused to come out and at some point fled the scene, police said. SWAT officers responded but did not find Stepanovich.

George said Stepanovich was later found at a local hospital, and he was taken into custody about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday as he was discharged.

Stepanovich, 28, is charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and recklessly endangering another person.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

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