Deputies arrest Harrison woman on most-wanted list

March 6, 2012 8:18 pm

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A Harrison woman accused of assaulting a deputy who tried to treat her lacerations while she was awaiting a ride to the jail last year was arrested this morning on a bench warrant after Allegheny County deputies found her hiding in the bedroom of a Mount Oliver home.

Deputies placed Dana Loughner, 41, in the Allegheny County Adult Bullpen, where people often await court appearances, last May before taking her to the jail on unrelated charges, said Sgt. Douglas Clark, of the county sheriff's office, in a news release. When deputies returned to the bullpen, they found Ms. Loughner lying in the cell with lacerations.

"When deputies attempted to provide such [medical] attention, Lougher lashed out assaulting a female deputy," Sgt. Clark said.

Court records show that Ms. Loughner, whose mental health has been evaluated by the courts, was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and assault by a prisoner. She was later released from jail but failed to appear for a pretrial conference in November, the sheriff's office said. A judge issued a bench warrant for her arrest, and she was placed on the county most-wanted list.

Sgt. Clark said deputies received a tip yesterday from someone who recognized Ms. Loughner from the Comcast "Fugitive Files" On-Demand show and thought she was staying in a home in the 300 block of Onyx Avenue in the borough. Ms. Loughner was being held in the Allegheny County Jail tonight without bond.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil
First Published 2012-03-06 19:09:54

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