Details Of Local Police Chief’s Arrest Released
WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) – The FBI opened sealed documents in connection with the arrest of a local police chief Monday morning.
East Washington Police Chief Donald Solomon was arrested on Friday, but few details were released at the time.
On Monday, a United States magistrate judge ordered Solomon to be held in jail without bail, calling him a flight risk and a danger to the community.
He faces three counts of corruption under the Hobbs Act, alleging he accepted money to protect a drug deal and to buy Tasers for a purported drug dealer to collect illegal debts.
Earlier, recorded conversations with Solomon were played at a detention hearing alleging his plan to kill a former female roommate and a borough councilman.
In one conversation, he tells a source on the phone “I’m the best cop that money can buy.”
He told a government source that he was allegedly behind a drive by shooting. The target in the shooting was the car of the boyfriend of his former girlfriend.
Another case showed that his former female roommate could have been in danger.
Solomon was quoted as saying, “If I had the chance to [expletive] up Patty, you wouldn’t be able to recognize her face. I would just make some of her disappear. I’m serious. I could do it.”
Those conversations were played to convince a magistrate judge that Solomon is a flight risk and danger to the community and should remain in jail without bail pending trial. The judge agreed.