SHERADEN (KDKA) – A.J. Richardson had run-ins with police when he was a candidate for mayor of Pittsburgh. Now, police have visited his house with a search warrant.
Officers say urgent 911 calls for help are coming from his home, but Richardson insists they are not.
Richardson says Pittsburgh Police have been to his home 27 times in the last five weeks. Now, he’s demanded police obtain a search warrant before he allows them inside his home.
“Yes, because three times today we let them in to show them. We understand [the police] have a job to do,” Richardson said.
About an hour later, over a dozen officers returned with a warrant and again, searched the house.
Dispatchers reportedly heard the voice of a woman and young child in distress numerous times. It is bureau protocol to respond to each of them.
“There’s no other female in this home and I’m not being detained, not being strangled, not being beaten, held at gunpoint, assaulted and my children are not calling 911 saying that they are in distress, missing, whatever,” Felicia Richardson said.
Richardson recently had her telephone service provider investigate.
“They came up with nothing. and they verified that no 911 distress calls were being made from my home,” she said.
The situation is frustrating for the family, law enforcement and neighbors.
“It’s wearing and tearing on me and my family mentally, spiritually and emotionally. When the cops leave, they’re still with us in our minds, our hearts. We have to work through this,” A.J. Richardson said.
Earlier in the week, police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the bureau is looking into its options.
She says the calls are excessive and cannot be ignored.
As far as the district attorney, a spokesman there says all he can say their office is also in on this investigation.