Authorities apprehend Pittsburgh woman who skipped on sentence for restaurant assault

Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputies have apprehended a Pittsburgh woman who was wanted as a fugitive after she failed to report for a jail term stemming from a November 2019 fight outside a Downtown restaurant that left a man paralyzed.

Roneese Davis, 27, of the city’s North Side, was taken into custody peacefully when deputies tracked her to a home in the 200 block of Kennedy Avenue. Authorities said deputies approached her at about 7 p.m. as she left the residence and walked toward a parked vehicle.

Davis was taken to the Allegheny County Jail to begin her sentence of 11 1/2 to 23 months.

She had been listed as a “most wanted” fugitive since March 28, after she failed to comply with the sentencing order.

According to authorities, Davis originally was charged with aggravated assault as a result of a fight outside a McDonald’s restaurant on Wood Street, where she was employed. At trial, she was found guilty of the lesser offense of simple assault.

City police said Davis struck Marc Conn in the back of the head, after which he became unconscious and was paralyzed.

According to police, the fight began when Conn and a woman got into an argument with someone sitting behind them. Davis confronted Conn and the woman, and then Davis and another female employee began fighting with the couple, police said.

The fight then moved outside the restaurant, where Davis hit Conn, police said.

According to court records, the other restaurant employee charged in the fight — Kaniya Martin, 20, of Pittsburgh — pleaded guilty to simple assault and was sentenced to six months of probation.

According to police, Martin submitted a statement to the restaurant manager indicating she initially tried to calm those involved in the argument but punched the couple after she was pushed and hit.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, or via Twitter .

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