PITTSBURGH - A former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate was arrested Tuesday night after police said he barged into a neighbor’s home, threatened the victim and then tried fighting officers.
Investigators said A.J. Richardson barged into his neighbor's home in Sheraden, threatened and harrassed a man inside and then refused to leave the victim's porch when authorities arrived.
According to the criminal complaint, A.J. Richardson was drunk, resisted arrest and yelled racial slurs when officers responded to Bergman Street.
Officials said a large crowd had gathered in the area when police arrived and Richardson tried to instigate the crowd to “fight back” against police.
The criminal complaint stated Richardson also called police “white devils.”
“I’m not sure what the dispute was, but it seemed like it was about racism,” said witness David Lineburg. “It was chaos. A bunch of emotions."
Richardson was taken to an area hospital to be treated for facial injuries. Police said he continued to rant and threatened one of the officer who handcuffed him saying, “When I get out of jail I’m gonna get him. He’s mine. I’m gonna get him.”
Richardson ran for the Democratic nomination for Pittsburgh mayor and lost in the May primary. He was charged with DUI one month prior to the election. He faces a long list of charges including aggravated assault.