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Robbery suspect arrested after jumping from bridge


A robbery suspect jumped off the 10th Street Bridge early Sunday morning to elude police but his attempts were thwarted after a nearly two-hour search.

At approximately 12:12 a.m. Sunday, Zone 3 Officers responded to the area of E. Carson and 14th streets where a robbery had just occurred. The 30-year-old male victim from Braddock told police he received a call from an individual he knew asking to meet him.

The suspect, Evan Thornton, 27, reached into the pocket of the victim’s short, tearing the pocket, and ran off with approximately $300 in cash.

Mr. Thornton fled to the 10th Street Bridge and jumped off as he was approached by a patrol car. He fell approximately 50 feet landing in thick brush along the shoreline. He was discovered after he sent a text to a female associate asking her to call a jitney for him. The woman instead called 911 to have him picked up.

River Rescue spotted Mr. Thornton about 15 yards from the shore in the Monongahela River and took him into custody at approximately 3:37a.m.

An Officer broke his ankle assisting with the search. He was transported to UPMC Mercy and is recovering at home.  

Mr. Thornton complained of leg and back pain and was taken to Allegheny General Hospital before being delivered to Allegheny County Jail. He faces a robbery charge and had an outstanding warrant from the City of Pittsburgh and a bench warrant from the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.


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