PITTSBURGH - Police have arrested a suspect in an early Sunday morning robbery on the South Side.
The robbery happened shortly after midnight near the intersection of South 14th and East Carson streets.
According to police, Evan Thornton, 27, called a 30-year-old Braddock man and asked for them to meet. Upon meeting, Thornton reached into the man’s pocket and stole about $300.
“He fled to get away from the person he had just victimized,” said Public Information Officer Sonya Toler.
Thornton then ran toward the 10th Street Bridge, where he was approached by a police car. Thornton jumped from the bridge near the shore of the Monongahela River, falling about 50 feet into thick brush.
Police said Thornton texted a woman and asked her to call a jitney for him. She instead called police.
Thornton was taken into custody about 3:30 a.m. after River Rescue located him about 15 yards from the river shore.
Thornton complained of leg and back pain and was treated at Allegheny General Hospital before being taken to the Allegheny County Jail. He is charged with robbery. There was also an outstanding warrant for Thornton from the city of Pittsburgh and a bench warrant from the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office.
A police officer was taken to UPMC Mercy hospital after he broke his ankle while assisting in the search for Thornton. The officer has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
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