Fugitive Wanted for Grand Larceny Apprehended in Jefferson County

PINE CREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) — On Thursday, Punxsutawney-based State Police served an arrest warrant on an inmate at Jefferson County Jail who is wanted for grand larceny in New York.

According to PSP Punxsutawney, around 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, Trooper Manns served an arrest warrant on Alhaji Demba Jatta, 21, of New York, N.Y., for grand larceny in New York.

Full extradition was approved for Jatta upon his apprehension.

Jatta was located at the Jefferson County Jail and charged with an arrest prior to requisition through District Court 54-3-03.

Jatta remains incarcerated at Jefferson County Jail pending his extradition.

Jatta and Ibrhima Dukuray (pictured below), 22, of the Bronx, were imprisoned in the Jefferson County Jail on $500,000.00 bail each after a December 2017 incident.

DuBois-based State Trooper Wilson stopped a 2014 Nissan Altima driven by Dukuray at mile marker 88.8 in the westbound lane of Interstate 80. Jatta was a passenger in the car.

When a license check was conducted, it was discovered that the car was reported stolen from New York City.

Trooper Wilson then pulled the car over. Both officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana when they approached the vehicle. When Trooper Wilson requested Dukuray’s driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, Dukuray presented a fake Illinois license.

At the time, Dukuray appeared to be under the influence of marijuana. Trooper Wilson then asked Jatta to get out of the car, so he could hear him better. At that point, Jatta began whispering the name “Michael” and then Dukuray fled the scene, according to the complaint.

The Altima was pursued as it traveled in excess of 120 mph. Dukuray attempted to leave the interstate at exit 78 at Brookville around 90 miles per hour and lost control, struck a road sign, and came to a final rest on the embankment. Both Dukuray and Jatta ran from the scene before being found nearby.

Jatta was found to be in possession of various drug paraphernalia as well as a small amount of marijuana that was packaged individually in tiny ziplock baggies.

Both men were arraigned in District Judge David Inzana’s office and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

Dukuray was charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police, DUI, reckless endangerment, providing false ID to law enforcement, and several summary traffic violations.

Jatta was charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

On March 21, Jatta submitted a written guilty plea to Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Dukuray’s case is working its way through the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas. Jury selection is set for May 14 at 9:00 a.m.

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