Tarentum man facing 8 felony charges in connection with Arnold crash


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Arnold, Pa. – Police in Arnold have charged a Tarentum man in connection with a November 30th 2018 incident in Arnold in which three people were injured after the alleged suspect led police on a short Police pursuit in Arnold that culminated in a serious crash shortly thereafter.

Charged in the incident is Jaquay Primus, age 22 of Tarentum. Primus is being charged with fleeing or attempting to elude officers, felony charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, receiving stolen property and multiple summary offense charges related to the pursuit.

According to the police criminal complaint, Arnold police responded to a call of a male harassing an employee at Little Blessings Child Care along Drey Street in Arnold about 2:30 pm in the afternoon. Upon arrival, police said the front door of the business was locked and the employee and owner came to the door. The employee told police that Primus had threatened and shot at her with a gun the previous evening in New Kensington.

During the course of the investigation, the white SUV Primus was driving was spotted by the employee as the vehicle was stopped at Victoria Avenue and Drey Street. Subsequently, police halted their pursuit in advance of the HD Berkey School zone as school was near dismissal time.


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After the crash: Primus then exited the Explorer and ran East into the backyard in the 1300 block of Leishman Avenue. That yard is fenced with a six foot high white vinyl fence. Police then tracked East on North Street in an attempt to apprehend Primus who was wearing a greenish Brown camo jacket. As police went into the alley, the actor doubled back towards the 1300 block of Kenneth Avenue. Police then radioed other units of the description and the direction of flight.

Arnold’s police officer then went back to this accident scene and located a 9 mm CANK clip in the driver side foot well and a phone from the passenger side foot well. That evidence was then secured in the Arnold patrol car.

New Kensington police subsequently stopped the actor in the 1300 block of Constitution Boulevard. Arnold police then went to the area and identified the actor as the driver of the white Explorer as Jaquay Primus. Primus was found to have warrants out of the magistrate Frank Pallone’s office and from the State Attorney General’s office.

Primus was taken to the New Kensington police department and lodged in the holding cell. Detective Clark of the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office arrived on scene and started obtaining video from neighbors with security cameras.

Detective Clark tracked previous path through the yard at 1325 Leishman Avenue and found a black 9 mm semi-automatic pistol without a clip and a baggie containing 4.5 bricks of suspected heroin and two large baggies of suspected crack cocaine. The handgun belongs to a resident of West deer Township and was stolen on April 15th 2018.

Primus is lodged in the Westmoreland County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.