PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The suspect wanted in connection with the murders of two sisters in East Liberty is now in police custody after turning himself into authorities Wednesday afternoon.
At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, suspect Allen Darell Wade, 43, called police to surrender. He then rendezvoused with officers at a bus stop in Rankin.
KDKA’s David Highfield Reports:
“Arrangements were made to take him into custody in Rankin,” said Lt. Kevin Kraus, of Pittsburgh Police. “That occurred without incident today at 1:33 p.m.”
Pittsburgh Police also talked with a man and a woman about the case Wednesday evening, but police say neither is a suspect.
The man was arrested on an unrelated charge of failing to report as a sex offender.
The two sisters, Susan and Sarah Wolfe, were found shot to death in their home at 701 Chislett Street on Feb. 7.
Wade was their neighbor. He had been previously brought in for questioning in the case, but was released pending further investigation.
According to police, surveillance video from all over the neighborhood and a DNA match linked Wade to the crime.
KDKA’s Paul Martino Reports:
The surveillance video shows a man walking around with gray sweatpants using the victims’ cards at ATM machines and disposing of their car.
Police got a look at his face when he went to a Sunoco gas station to buy cigarettes.
Surveillance video allegedly shows Wade discarding the gray sweatpants.
Police found the pants, which also had a bloodstain. A DNA match has since been made between Wade and the bloodstain.
“There’s several sources of the DNA on his sweatpants,” said Lt. Kraus. “At this point, I’m only prepared to say his DNA has been recovered from that article of clothing.”
Wade is facing a list of charges including robbery and homicide.
KDKA’s Paul Martino Reports:
Before turning himself in, Wade took to Facebook to say he was innocent Wednesday afternoon.
In one posting, Wade said he was being set up in this case.
“I would like for the world to know I am 100 percent innocent I would never ever in any way hurt a person so brutally it is not in my nature I have always respected women and will always continue to do so I am being framed to take the fall for this case and hopefully justice will prevail.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Mary Wolfe, of Clinton, Iowa, the sister of the victims, released a statement following the arrest.
According to the Associated Press, she said: “I’m extremely appreciative of the hard work and dedication of the Pittsburgh law enforcement community and of the unwavering support my family and I have received.”
People on Chistlett Street were also relieved by the arrest.
“I’m just glad it’s all over now,” said Michael White.
White and his wife Andrea live across the street from the Wolfe sisters’ home. They say they didn’t know them or the suspect.
“Hopefully, it’s the right person,” said Andrea White. “Hopefully, it’s over and they got their guy.”
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