Homicide suspect captured while hiding in attic, homeowner arrested

PENN HILLS, Pa. — Police arrested a Penn Hills homicide suspect while he was hiding in an attic on Wednesday, according to a news release.

A warrant was issued for Steven L. Sparrow, 26, of Verona, on Sept. 26 after police said they located private messages on his Facebook related to the death of Andre Williams, 26.

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Authorities gathered information on Tuesday that witnesses spotted Sparrow in Duquesne earlier in the week.

Police found out Sparrow was staying with a female in the 2300 block of Bridge Street in McKeespot.


After receiving no response at the door and hearing movement in the house, police made entry into the home. They continued the search and contacted McKeesport Fire Department for assistance in gaining access to the attic crawlspace.

Sparrow exited the attic after 45 minutes of police and firefighters using tools and pepper spray to try and get the suspect out.

The homeowner, J'qua Paylor, 23, arrived at the home after Sparrow surrendered, according to police. She was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for terroristic threats and other crimes.

Sparrow is charged with criminal homicide and other crimes. He was brought to the Allegheny County homicide unit where he was transferred into that unit's department based on where the homicide occurred.