Allegheny County, Pa., Police Turn to Social Media to Catch a Criminal

A social media campaign to find a Megan's Law offender and his girlfriend led to a deluge of tips.

by Megan Guza, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review / March 16, 2017

(TNS) -- Social media tips led Allegheny County Sheriff's deputies to a Megan's Law offender early Wednesday, authorities said.

Wayne Webber, 38, of McKeesport was wanted on two bench warrants relating to sex crimes, including failure to register as a sex offender, according to Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus.

A social media campaign to find Webber and his girlfriend, Melisa Manhart, 42, led to a deluge of tips, Kraus said, including sightings of the two in Clairton, Glassport, McKeesport, North Huntingdon, North Versailles and West Elizabeth.

Police searched a home on Robbins Station Road in North Huntingdon about 11 p.m., where they encountered Webber's aunt, Linda Gilmore, Kraus said. She told officers Webber and Manhart had been at her apartment the night before but left in the morning, knowing they were fugitives.

Kraus said that at about 2:30 a.m. a North Huntingdon police sergeant noticed a vehicle Webber was thought to be driving in front of Gilmore's home. Police searched the home and found Webber and Manhart. In addition to serving the warrants on Webber, Manhart had outstanding warrants for prostitution and aggravated assault, Kraus said.

Webber and Manhart are in the Allegheny County Jail without bond, Kraus said.

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