McKEES ROCKS (KDKA) — Police say they have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the death of a McKees Rocks community and anti-violence activist earlier this week.
According to Allegheny County Police, 19-year-old Sean Overton of Moon Township was taken into custody around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
He is now facing a homicide charge in the death of 61-year-old Isaiah Dent on Monday in McKees Rocks.
Dent was found in his Hays Manor apartment severely beaten.
Detectives said there was no sign of forced entry in Dent’s apartment.
According to a police report, Overton reportedly told a witness that he killed Dent because Dent had allegedly robbed him of some marijuana; and Overton was shortchanged on some money after buying the drug.
Police say Overton was arrested without incident at his mother’s home in the Moon Crest housing complex. He has ties to Pittsburgh’s West End section and McKees Rocks.
Overton was being held in the Allegheny County Jail while he waits to be arraigned.
Dent, an artist and community activist, was very involved with the local art and fashion community.
And just hours after Overton’s arrest, dozens of people gathered in McKees Rocks on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to Dent.
“He was a quiet fellow,” said Jack Muhr, the mayor of McKees Rocks. “He was cool, and he respected everybody.”
Also at the gathering, Dent’s sister reacted to Overton’s arrest.
“From what I hear, they got the killer,” said Carrol Dent. “I’ll pray for the killer, but I do hope they give him the highest punishment available.”