Four arrested in Crafton Heights home invasion

MICHELLE PORTOR (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)
MICHELLE PORTOR  (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)
PITTSBURGH, PA – At approximately 5:37 p.m. on Monday, September 21 Zone 6 Officers responded to the 900 block of Woodlow Street for the report of an argument between two females. Upon arrival, the victim stated that a female at the residence was fighting with an unknown female. Both females involved in the argument left the scene.

Just after 7:30 p.m. Officers responded again to the residence for a home invasion. According to the investigation, a female from the earlier dispute returned with additional people, forced their way inside of a residence and began assaulting the victims inside of the residence. One male sustained injuries to his face but declined medical treatment by Paramedics.

Rodney Copeland (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)
Rodney Copeland (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)

Upon arrival of police, a vehicle was seen fleeing the area was identified by Officers as having the actors inside. Officers located the vehicle in the 1600 block of Crucible Street. Officers detained a female—Michelle Portor of Crafton Heights—involved in the fight and assault. Portor faces charges of burglary, resisting arrest, and criminal conspiracy. Officers also detained a male—Rodney Copeland of Crafton Heights—matching the description of one of the individuals who forced his way inside of the apartment. Copeland faces charges of burglary and criminal conspiracy.

As Officers were attempting to arrest the Portor and Copeland, a large crowd began to gather around the Officers. Based on the size of the crowd, and for the concern of the safety of bystanders and Officers, multiple units from various Zones throughout the City responded to assist and disperse the crowd.

Two individuals who refused to disperse, despite being asked to leave several times by Officers, were also arrested. Shatanya Thomas of Crafton Heights, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, failure of disorderly persons to disperse, and obstructing administration of law. Another female in her 20’s was also arrested and faces the same charges, but she refused to provide identification and has yet to be identified. Mugshots are not available for either of these individuals.






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