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Police Report: Peters Man Arrested After Foot Chase Also Charged in Cecil Incidents

In other police news — a 19-year-old woman taken to St. Clair Hospital after she lost control of her vehicle on Churchill Road.

Peters police charged a township man with aggravated assault and a medley of other offenses following a foot chase last week.

Police Chief Harry Fruecht said Jeremiah Clayton Atkinson, 21, of 502 Carriage Hill Apartments, was also charged with simple assault and three counts of reckless endangerment after officers were summoned to his home around 8 p.m. Thursday.

Police said three women — one of whom was his mother — had locked themselves in an upstairs bedroom after calling police, reportedly telling a dispatcher that Atkinson had a firearm.

When police arrived, Atkinson reportedly jumped 10 to 12 feet from the home’s rear porch to the ground below, leading police on a foot chase that ended on West McMurray Road.

Atkinson was apprehended and taken to Washington Hospital for swelling in his hands, and police said he was later transferred to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. 

That was the second time in a month that he faced criminal charges.

Cecil Township police on March 22 charged Atkinson with criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking after a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Muse on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26. One car was also stolen.

According to a criminal complaint, Atkinson is accused of entering eight unlocked vehicles in Muse, stealing two navigation systems, a cell phone, a wallet, a bag of hand tools and other items — most of which was recovered, according to police.

Cecil police said Atkinson also smashed the window out of a vehicle owned by Doug Berns, of 29 Maple St., and took the keys to his wife’s 2006 Nissan Sentra. According to the complaint, the vehicle was found abandoned in the Hunting Ridge development in South Fayette Township.

In other police news

April 2, 4:32 p.m., Rochelle Steffenauer, 19, of 2987 Derbyshire Road in Library, was transported to St. Clair Hospital, complaining of pain, after she lost control of her vehicle near the 1000 block of Churchill Road.

She was traveling south when her vehicle encountered a mechanical problem, she told police. Her vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and came to a stop in front of the First Student Bus Garage.

All of the above information was provided by the .

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