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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny County Police say they have arrested the juvenile who ran from the car with Antwon Rose prior to Rose’s fatal shooting in East Pittsburgh last week.
Zaijuan Hester, 17, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Monday on another charge in the Hill District.
Hester, now in police custody, will soon to be charged in connection with a drive-by shooting that happened only 15 minutes before Rose was shot and killed.
Deputies from the Allegheny County Sheriff Fugitive Squad, along with County Police, arrested Hester in an apartment on De Ruad Street in the Hill District.
He was arrested with a 19-year-old female. She was charged with retail theft; he on a probation violation.
“That’s just right down the street from me, and that’s kinda dangerous ‘cause we’ve got kids down there,” said Desira Pate, a neighbor.
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Hester stands accused of cutting an ankle bracelet monitor from his ankle, but County Police say he’ll be charged in connection with the drive-by shooting of a 22-year-old man outside of a store in North Braddock, preceding the fatal encounter with police by 15 minutes.
Both Hester and Rose ran from a jitney after it was pulled over by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld.
Rosfeld shot and killed Rose, but until last night, Hester remained at large.
“They need things that’s going to get him away from this, and they need to talk to him and see what it is about this altercation and what’s going on with the kids,” said neighbor Joseph Bozeman.
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Investigators haven’t commented on the reasons behind the drive-by, but people in North Braddock, like Joseph Bozeman, says there have been turf battles between neighborhoods and towns.
“You know they got Rankin against Braddock and Wilkinsburg and McKeesport. All these kids are against each other, and they don’t even know what they’re against each other for. So they need some guidance, and they need somebody to talk to them,” said Bozeman.