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Thursday, August 18, 2016

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and North Versailles Police Capture Homicide Suspect

Pittsburgh, PA - Members of the United States Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force (WPAFTF) and officers from the North Versailles Police Department captured Demetres Beck at approximately 12:15 pm in the 400 block of Commerce Street in Wilmerding, PA. Beck, age 21, had been wanted on outstanding charges filed by the Allegheny County Police Department (ACPD) on December 7, 2015 for Criminal Homicide, Conspiracy-Criminal Homicide and Robbery, following an investigation into the shooting death of Kierre Simmons on December 29, 2014. Simmons was shot multiple times in North Braddock. Co-Defendant Justin Gomez was arrested by ACPD on the same date of the shooting and charged with Criminal Homicide, Receiving Stolen Property and Aggravated Assault (2 cts)

On an unrelated incident, Beck was also charged by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on January 1, 2016 with Aggravated Assault, Conspiracy-Aggravated Assault, Carrying a Firearm without a License and Recklessly Endangering another Person.

Beck is originally from Pittsburgh and was last known to reside in Wilkinsburg, PA. The WPAFTF was actively investigating Beck’s whereabouts and developed information he was staying at an apartment in the 400 block of Commerce Street in Wilmerding. Investigators breached the front door of the apartment after a male occupant partially opened then closed the door and observed Beck standing in the apartment hallway. Beck was complied with orders to come out of the apartment where he was arrested without further incident. Task Force members recovered a firearm and ammunition from the apartment and the North Versailles Police are conducting a follow up investigation. Beck was transported and turned over to the custody of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

The Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force is made up of the following member agencies: U.S. Marshals, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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