Hearing scheduled in Bellevue homicide

A preliminary hearing was scheduled to be held today for a Bellevue man accused of fatally stabbing another man on July 23.

Allegheny County Police homicide detectives have charged Johnathan Perez, 25, with one count of criminal homicide in the death of Jacquet McGrady, 26, of the North Side. He also has been charged with one count of robbery, according to Lt. William Palmer of the homicide division, who said that police believe Perez took items from McGrady following the stabbing.

Bellevue Police were called to 70 Kendall Ave. about 2:15 p.m., when it was reported that a man had been stabbed. When officers arrived, Palmer said, they found that McGrady already had been taken by a friend to Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus in Bellevue, where he was pronounced dead later that afternoon.

Perez had fled the scene of the stabbing, so Bellevue Police called in a K-9 unit of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department. The dog trailed Perez to a nearby garage where, Palmer said, Bellevue Police found Perez hiding inside with his girlfriend and placed him under arrest. The girlfriend has not been charged, Palmer said.

Perez, who has no known address, is believed to have been staying in an apartment at the Kendall Avenue residence. Police say the stabbing occurred during an argument between McGrady and Perez that is believed to have concerned narcotics.

Perez was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on both criminal charges Friday morning in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

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