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Gun found in laundry basket in child’s room during arrest of fugitive in North Versailles

NORTH VERSAILLES, Pa. — A fugitive who had been on the run for nine months was taken into custody in North Versailles Thursday.

Donte Robinson-Vearnon, 25, from East Pittsburgh, has been a fugitive since August 2023 when bench warrants were issued for failing to appear in court and for a probation violation connected to cases involving theft and firearms violations, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office learned that Robinson-Vearnon was in North Versailles and converged on an apartment located along Ice Plant Hill Road. When they approached the apartment, Robinson-Vearnon tried to get away by pushing out a rear window, but he retreated back inside the apartment.

Shortly after, Robinson-Vearnon was taken into custody.

Detectives were given permission to search the apartment and found a gun inside of a laundry basket in a child’s room. A check of the gun showed that it was stolen, the sheriff’s office said.

Robinson-Vearnon is facing charges of receiving stolen property and firearms charges in addition to the bench warrants.

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