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Woman carjacks newspaper van, hits Duq. Police car

DuPo detain carjacker who hit police car

By Jess Eagle
On March 20, 2012

  • Chaqua Renea Locke. Courtesy of Pittsburgh Police

Duquesne police officers stopped and detained a woman who carjacked a news delivery van around 5 a.m. Wednesday after the woman backed into one of the officers' police cars.

According to Duquesne Public Safety Director Tom Hart, Pittsburgh Police arrested the woman, who backed the carjacked Renaissance News Delivery van into a Duquesne police car after two Duquesne police vehicles boxed her in at the corner of Jumonville and Tustin Streets, six blocks from campus. Duquesne Police detained the woman before Pittsburgh Police arrived on the scene.

The carjacker, Chaqua Renea Locke, 25, of the South Side, reportedly stole the van around 4:20 a.m. on the 1800 block of East Carson Street as the driver, a 57-year-old Bethel Park woman, attempted to deliver newspapers, according to Pittsburgh Police.

Hart said Corp. David Williams, a nightshift supervisor with the Duquesne Police, was patrolling near campus when heard a "be-on-the-lookout" alert from the Pittsburgh Police, and shortly after, saw the white van driving the wrong way in the bus lane down Fifth Avenue. Williams pursued the vehicle, confirmed that it was the carjacked van and attempted to stop the van on Duquesne's campus at Magee Street, Hart said.

When Locke did not immediately pull over, Williams called for backup, and successfully boxed the van in with the help of another Duquesne police vehicle at the corner of Jumonville and Tustin Streets. Locke attempted to escape by putting the van in reverse, which is when she backed into Williams' vehicle. Duquesne Police forcibly removed Lock from the van and detained her before she arrested by Pittsburgh Police, who arrived on the scene "minutes later," Hart said.

Locke was taken to Allegheny County jail on charges of robbery of a motor vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, traffic violations, driving without a license and unauthorized use of an automobile, according to the police report.

Hart praised Williams, who has been with Duquense Police for more than 20 years.

"He did a great job," Hart said. "In police work, you have to always be ready for something like this. It can go from quiet to something like this happening at a moment's notice, and you have to be ready."

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include information from the Pittsburgh Police about Locke and her victim.

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