'This Kind of Behavior Won't Be Tolerated'

Canonsburg police charged two teens with gun-related offenses Sunday.

Roy Allen Johnson III told he woke up early Sunday to the sound of gunshots being fired.

When police arrived at his 601 Marple St. home, Johnson told officers that he had seen a red Dodge Durango driving away, and that he recognized its driver: Paige Leshea Davis.

That's when officers from Canonsburg and North Strabane went to the 18-year-old woman's 120 Cherry St. home, where she quickly led police to a second suspect and an altered gun.

Davis told police she drove Shaquore Yarbrough, 18, of 407 Giffin Ave., to Johnson's residence.

Then she led police to the back of Giffin, where the pair had hidden the gun allegedly used in the shooting. The 22-caliber rifle was placed in a group of bushes next to a fence at the side of the alley there, according to a police report.

And police said it was apparent that the firearm had been modified.

"First, it looked as if someone had attempted to remove the serial numbers on the firearm. Second, the firearm's stock had been sawed off and tape was placed on it, making an improvised handle," a police report stated. "Finally, the sight had been removed from the firearm."

Canonsburg and North Strabane police then secured the perimeter of Yarbrough's residence and gained entry, where officers took three males into custody.

Police chief R.T. Bell said Monday that two of the males were juveniles who had nothing to do with the incident. They were released to their parents.

Both Yarbrough and Davis made written statements, and were charged with a litany of crimes.

Police charged Davis with aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer's number, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Yarbrough was charged with aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, firearms not to be carried without a license, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Court records show that both were arraigned by district on Sunday. They were both remanded to the Washington County Jail on $25,000 straight bond.

Both Yarbrough and Davis are scheduled to appear before Mark for preliminary hearings on Oct. 19.

Bell on Monday said he believed the pair were "acquaintances" and said that the shooting incident was the result of "some kind of dispute" between Davis and Johnson.

He lauded his officers, saying that savvy police work was the reason why two suspects were behind bars just hours after a shooting incident took place in the borough.

"My officers did an excellent job," he said, also thanking North Strabane police. "North Strabane was here for the whole ride."

Mayor David H. Rhome agreed, saying, "This kind of behavior won't be tolerated."


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