PITTSBURGH, PA - Allegheny County Sheriff’s Detectives apprehended Brandon Thompson, 23, for an April 1st, 2020 incident that occurred at a Giant Eagle grocery store in Edgewood, Pennsylvania. The Allegheny County Police obtained an arrest warrant for Thompson on April 9th charging him with terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, and disorderly conduct. Thompson is accused of spitting on a Giant Eagle employee during an alleged dispute. Thompson then left the store in a motor vehicle.
On April 4th, 2020 at 1:41 AM, a Pittsburgh Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle Thompson was driving at South Beatty Avenue and Baum Boulevard. Thompson fled the traffic stop and the officer did not give pursuit. The officer obtained an arrest warrant for Thompson for fleeing/eluding police and related summary traffic offenses.
On April 14th, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the lead detective of the Giant Eagle assault case who informed the Deputies of the arrest warrant and requested assistance in locating Thompson. Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Detectives immediately initiated an investigation to apprehend Thompson. On this date, April 15th, detectives developed information that Thompson may be staying at a residence in the 400 block of Library Street in Braddock, Pennsylvania. At approximately 12:20 PM Sheriff’s Detectives made entry into that residence and located Thompson just inside the doorway. Thompson moved a television set in front of the door to attempt to prevent detectives from entering. Thompson was taken into custody without incident. Detectives did seize Thompson’s sweatshirt, which is believed to be the same sweatshirt worn during the incident at Giant Eagle. Thompson was transported to the Allegheny County Jail.
In addition to the two aforementioned arrest warrants, Thompson was also wanted on an Allegheny County bench warrant relating to a 2016 shooting case. Thompson is currently on probation relating to the disposition in that case, where he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault. On September 12th, 2016, Penn Hills Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 4900 block of Verona Road. Thompson fired a .380 caliber pistol at a vehicle occupied by a woman and her male child. The bullet passed through the passenger side window, but the victims were not shot. However, the woman was injured by the shattered glass. The relationship between Thompson and the woman is unknown.