PITTSBURGH – A man accused of threatening schools and businesses in West Virginia was arrested on Tuesday morning on Pittsburgh’s South Side following a SWAT situation.
Wheeling police said they were looking for 30-year-old Ryan Cornforth for threatening phone calls, including a bomb hazard and use of deadly force, Monday morning.
Cornforth used to live in Wheeling but now lives in Pittsburgh. Wheeling Police said they believe he is the man arrested on Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Pittsburgh police searched an apartment on South 19th Street just before 2 a.m. after being alerted to Cornforth by West Virginia State Police.
When the officers came into the home, they heard the windows and objects broken in the home, the police said.
A SWAT team and negotiators were called in when Cornforth refused to leave the apartment. SWAT officers gave Cornforth several orders to exit before entering just before 5 a.m., authorities said.
A taser was used on Cornforth because it became combative, police said. He was then arrested.
Police said Cornforth was being charged with terrorist threats.