PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police arrested multiple& nbsp;juveniles Downtown Sunday night.
Crowds of juveniles started fighting in the evening. Initial attempts to verbally encourage them to disperse and stop fighting proved ineffective. As a result, a stronger police presence was put in place, Liberty Avenue between 6th and Stanwix streets were closed, and arrests were made.
Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said police stepped up their presence Downtown and will continue to do so if there are similar situations in the future.
“We are also working closely with our law enforcement partners, community organizations, and Downtown merchants to prevent these roving juveniles from causing problems,” Hissrich states. He met with the District Attorney’s Office earlier today to discuss the matter.
Hissrich also expressed gratitude to the people who called 9-1-1 to report the Downtown disturbances.
Some of the arrests from Sunday include:
At approximately 7 p.m., Officers responded to the intersection of Stanwix and Liberty. There, an adult female was pushed over by juveniles. She was treated at the scene by medics. A juvenile female was issued a non-traffic citation.
At approximately 8 p.m., Officers responded to the Liberty Avenue corridor for a large group of juveniles who were fighting. A young female was pepper sprayed by someone in the group. Four non-traffic citations were issued to juveniles. Another male juvenile was arrested at 6th and Penn on charges of rioting, resisting arrest and escape. An Officer sustained a hand injury during the arrest.
At approximately 9 p.m., several more fights were occurring in the Liberty Avenue corridor and one juvenile male was arrested on charges including aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and escape. An Officer suffered a leg injury during the arrest.
At approximately 10 p.m., a male juvenile dislodged an Officer’s canister of OC spray. The canister burst upon impact with the ground and a piece of it struck the officer in the face. The juvenile then attempted to flee the scene, but was apprehended and arrested on charges of disarming law enforcement, aggravated assault and escape.
At approximately 11:15 p.m., the juveniles had dispersed.