• Murder victim's ex-boyfriend wanted in separate case in custody

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    PITTSBURGH - Police sources tell Channel 11’s Alan Jennings that the ex-boyfriend of a murder victim who was wanted in a separate case was taken into custody Friday.

    Jennings reported that Cesar Mazza was arrested around 8:20 p.m. near his hometown in New Jersey.

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    Mazza was wanted for missing his trial earlier this month on charges that he assaulted Tionna Banks when she was still pregnant last fall.

    The 19-year-old woman, who has since given birth, was found slain in an East Hills home Thursday along with her 72-year-old grandmother, Valorie Crumpton.Police have not named Mazza as a suspect in the slayings.

    Police found Banks and her grandmother dead May 7 inside an East Hills home. Banks had missed an unspecified social services appointment on Tuesday, prompting a caseworker to report Banks missing.

    Channel 11 News learned that Banks previously filed a PFA order against Mazza.

    According to court paperwork, Mazza and Banks separated last October while she was pregnant, and Banks moved in with her grandmother.In November, Mazza was arrested after Banks told police that he kicked her in the stomach when she was five months pregnant and dragged her down the steps.

    A number of times in the file, Banks claims that Mazza threatened to kill her if she didn’t name the baby after him.

    Most recently, in March, Banks wrote that Mazza said he would kill her if she didn’t allow him to see his son.

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