BALDWIN (KDKA) — Police found a man shot in the head inside his Baldwin home Sunday night.
When Baldwin Borough Police were dispatched to a home in 3300 block of Vernon Avenue for calls of a person not breathing, they discovered 28-year-old Jeremy Dentel.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation determined that Dentel was shot in the head on Saturday around 6 p.m. They found one 9mm casing at Dentel’s feet with the head stamp “Luger FC.” They also found a bullet in the hallway wall near where they found Dentel.
During the investigation of the scene, police were unable to find Dentel’s iPhone. They learned he had set his iPad up through iCloud as well so it “mirrored” the activity of his cell phone. Through this, they discovered his last contact was with a phone number belonging to one Adam Rosenberg.
Rosenberg, a resident of Blawnox, had been communicating with Dentel since February 12 when they met on a dating app called “Find Men.”
They had been exchanging text messages on February 12 where Rosenberg had sent several messages inquiring about where Dentel lived and attempting to arrange a meet up.
“Do you have a house? or apt?” Rosenberg asked.
“I have a house. I’m supposed to hang out with friends after work,” Dentel responded.
“Oh, so no time for me you live alone???” Rosenberg asked.
“I live alone,” Dentel responded.
After that, Rosenberg sent several messages wanting to meet but Dentel declined.
“Don’t tell anyone about this lol,” Rosenberg texted.
“Don’t tell anyone about what?” Dentel asked.
“Us hooking up, I don’t do kiss and tells,” Rosenberg responded.
From there, Rosenberg continued his attempts to arrange a meet up with Dentel. On Saturday, February 15, Rosenberg sent Dentel 9 text messages regarding a time to meet and after all of them, Dentel finally relented, responding “fine.”
It was then they set a time, 6:00 p.m. to meet at Dentel’s home in Baldwin.
Police reviewed surveillance footage from a nearby residence and it showed that at 6:09 p.m., a light-colored four-door sedan pulls up to a home near Dentel’s. The person is believed to be Rosenberg.
As a neighbor would later tell police, Rosenberg tried to forcibly enter the wrong home and the neighbor thought it was a family member trying to get in.
“I’m sorry, I have the wrong house,” Rosenberg said to the neighbor.
Once Rosenberg found Dentel’s home, he spent approximately 50 seconds inside the home.
Surveillance footage from another home shows him entering Dentel’s home.
It also shows him walking out of the home alone and then running across the street to his car and pulling away.
Once police were able to track Dentel’s phone, they found it had pinged off a cell tower in Etna along with Rosenberg’s.
“The victim had a number of devices in his home, iPhone pads, watches, that had bits of information that we were able to use to retrace his last few days,” Allegheny County Police Inspector Andrew Schurman said.
Police interviewed Rosenberg regarding the incident and he said he met a man named Jeremy a couple of weeks ago on a dating app “Find Men” and then they began communication through texting.
After they searched Rosenberg’s home in Fox Chapel they found Federal Cartridge 9mm Luger FC ammo in his bedroom closet. The ammo box was a 250 count with seven bullets missing. The head stamp matched that of the bullet found at Dentel’s feet.
Rosenberg was arrested and is currently in the Allegheny County Jail and is facing charges of criminal homicide, robbery, firearms violations, and tampering with evidence.
Rosenberg’s attorney Casey Mullen said his client was not at Dentel’s home on the night of the shooting.
“He was not at the house,” Mullen said.
“I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Rosenberg last night at the headquarters of the county police for approximately 30 minutes, and he adamantly denies committing these crimes for which he has been accused,” Mullen said.