PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The man charged in connection with a home invasion in Clairton that left a police officer who was responding to the scene critically injured is being held in jail without bond.
Myles Hutchinson, 21, of McKeesport, was arrested earlier this week and charges have been filed against him in the incident. He was in court this morning for a hearing.
He now remains in the Allegheny County Jail without bond, charged with attempted murder of a police officer along with other counts.
According to defense attorney Fred Rabner, Hutchinson has asked the police to go back to several places where he claims he was on the night of the incident. They say it would show him at a gas station and convenience store, and not at the home on Miller Avenue.
“He gives a detailed account of every single step where he was that night and he’s also done so with the officers. He went as far as to waive his right to council and speak to the officers before I was ever involved in the case, and he sat with the officers for hours and told them exactly where he was. In fact, he begs, he beseeches the officers involved in this case – and I believe they will because they are excellent detectives that are working on this case – to follow the path that he had mentioned, to go back and find the videos,” said Rabner.
“I think every single person who knows about this case, who has heard about this case, has been touched by this case would agree that everyone should be focused on the health and the well-being of the officer that’s in recovery in the hospital,” he added. “I think that’s essential right now.”
Rabner said his client has asked detectives to take samples of his clothes to check for gunshot residue.
According to Rabner, his client also told detectives “why would I [Hutchinson] be driving around in my hometown in broad daylight after I allegedly tried to kill a police officer?”
At the hearing, the judge evoked a Constitutional clause that says someone can be held without bail in the state of Pennsylvania whether they are accused of murder or not, if they are deemed a threat to society.
The search continues for a second suspect in the case. Hutchinson’s preliminary hearing has been set for April 12.
Another man was questioned for several hours at Allegheny County Police headquarters on Thursday. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant unrelated to the Clairton case.
Meanwhile, Officer James Kuzak remains in UPMC Mercy Hospital. He is in critical condition.
Kuzak, a part-time Clairton officer, was shot three times while responding to the call on Miller Avenue Tuesday night.
The community is expected to gather tonight at the lodge at Clairton Park for a candlelight vigil in support of Officer Kuzak.