Fugitive Who Fled From Deputies In Bath Towel Captured

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LYNDORA (KDKA) – Authorities have arrested a Wilkinsburg man who previously jumped out a window in just a bath towel to elude capture.

Amy Wadas: “Do you have anything to say Dale?”
Dale Taylor Jr.: “I apologize.”
Wadas: “What do you apologize for?”
Taylor: “Just for being wrong and not taking care of my business. I love my daughter. I love my family.”

Police had two warrants out for 31-year-old Dale Taylor Jr., from Wilkinsburg. Friday night, deputies with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office went looking for him in the 600 block of Seagirt Street in the city.

“Six deputies, the detectives traveled there. As they were getting the house surrounded, he climbed out the third-floor window wearing nothing but a pink towel, jumped onto the second-floor porch roof and from there jumped onto the ground and fled into the woods,” said Lt. Jack Kearney with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.

Taylor’s girlfriend, 37-year-old Serena Alston, was there and deputies told her Taylor was wanted and that she should call them if she heard from Taylor.

Saturday morning, deputies went back to the same house. During that warrant execution, Deputy Carlos Jativa, 29, was injured after falling from a 15-foot concrete wall on his head. Early Saturday evening, deputies managed to track Taylor down with Alston at a home Butler County.

“We believe they stayed in Braddock last night and her and her daughter drove the two of them to Butler County this afternoon sometime,” Kearney said.

In addition to some new charges, Taylor has to live with some guilt.

Wadas: “Did you hear that there was a deputy that fell and was injured when looking for you?”
Taylor: “Yeah, I just heard that and I’m very remorseful.”

Lt. Kearney said Jativa has been a deputy with the sheriff’s office for about two years.

Taylor and Alston are both at the Allegheny County Jail. Taylor is being held without bond on the criminal bench and arrest warrants.

Both he and Alston face additional charges after attempting to flee from police.

Jativa is in the intensive care unit at UPMC Presbyterian. Sources say he was upgraded to stable condition.

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