Police are looking for a man who failed to return after being released from jail to attend his brother’s funeral.
Durand Lawson, 20, of New Castle is now facing escape charges. He had been in jail awaiting trial on assorted drug-related counts.
Lawson was released from the county jail to attend the funeral of his brother, Lagene Lawson, who died Aug. 4.
Cranberry Township police said Lagene Lawson was being chased by officers when he shot himself in the head. His car then crashed into a clothing store in a plaza off Route 228.
Judge Dominick Motto granted a motion that Durand Lawson be furloughed from the jail Saturday, between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for the funeral. He left the jail unattended and did not return when scheduled to do so.
New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said that contrary to various claims being made, the police do not know of any direct threats directed by Lawson toward Cranberry Township police.
Lawson made a comment that he felt the police in Cranberry Township were responsible for his brother’s death, Salem said. “He made comments that his brother would not have ‘gone out’ like that.
“There were no threats toward police, as far as what we’ve heard,” Salem said.
Lawson is a black male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. Anyone with information about his whereabouts has been asked to contact New Castle police at (724) 656-9300.