PITTSBURGH, PA – The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office announces the apprehension of Dajon Lengyel, 22 years of age from Stowe Township. Lengyel was wanted on an arrest warrant from the City of Pittsburgh for criminal mischief, institutional vandalism, and riot. These charges stem from an incident that occurred on May 30, 2020, during the protest which ensued outside of PPG Paints Arena. Lengyel was identified as the man standing on top of a City of Pittsburgh Police vehicle which was spray-painted and burned. Additionally, Lengyel had stomped on the vehicle and swung a traffic cone through the window of the vehicle. All the while he had encouraged others to join in on the destruction of the police cruiser.
This evening, Sheriff’s Deputies developed information that Lengyel was living at an address in the 1100 block of Stowe Avenue. After some time surveying the home, Deputies viewed Lengyel arrive with two female companions. Upon Lengyel entering the home, Sheriff’s Deputies surrounded the residence and were able to apprehend Lengyel without incident. He was transported to the Allegheny County Jail.
In addition to the arrest warrant for the protest incident, Lengyel had a criminal bench warrant for a domestic violence incident in Brentwood where he failed to appear at court and forfeited his bond last June. After the original charges of simple assault, strangulation, terroristic threats, and harassment were filed, the victim applied for a PFA which was violated by Lengyel soon thereafter. Lengyel allegedly indirectly contacted friends of the plaintiff and requested information about the possible testimony, as well as offering financial compensation for the victim to change their story to not incriminate Lengyel in the original domestic violence case.