An Allegheny County police officer who is also a former narcotics detective was arrested and charged Friday with endangering the welfare of her two minor children ages 11 and 13, as well as drug possession charges.
Zena Jenkins, 48 of Pittsburgh who has been a police officer for the past 18 years, was arrested by two Pittsburgh police officers after they were called to her residence around 6:00 p.m. Friday following a dispute with her son, Daniel, 21 who Jenkins’ said stole her vehicle.
According to a criminal complaint filed late Friday, officers allege Jenkins said she “had been in a struggle with her son Daniel over possession of her 2003 white Cadillac Escalade.”
“Daniel ripped the keys from (Jenkins) hands and stated, ‘I'm taking the car out of state and you'll never see it again!’ Daniel Jenkins entered the vehicle at this time and fled,” the complaint alleges.
Officers alleged they smelled a strong odor of marijuana inside the house, as well observing plastic baggies, partially burned marijuana cigarettes, marijuana-filled cigars and a digital scale in the living room area.
“The house was also filthy. There was old food throughout the living room area. There was also overflowing garbage cans visible,” officers wrote in the complaint.
Police also say they saw a “very large rat” run across a floor.
Officers described the conditions in the house as “deplorable,” saying “we observed old rotten food in dresser drawers, more overflowing garbage cans, dirty laundry littering the floor (over electrical cords), and broken glass scattered on the floor,” the complaint alleges.
Police say Jenkins "appeared lethargic and had slurred speech and an unsteady gait."
Jenkins admitting to knowing the drugs and drug paraphernalia were at her residence, but told police “she couldn't control her children,” police allege in the complaint.
Jenkins’ son is wanted on Robbery charges stemming from the theft of his mother’s vehicle.
Son may have used mother’s police-issued handgun in near-fatal shooting
Daniel is believed to be a suspect in the near-fatal shooting of a 32-year-old pregnant woman and her 29-year-old male passenger, that occurred around 3:45 a.m. Friday, on Interstate-376; some 15-hours after Officer Jenkins’ claimed her son stole her Escalade.
According to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Robin Mungo, the couple were driving towards Pittsburgh when a white SUV pulled in the center lane, began firing and striking them both.
They are both in a Pittsburgh hospital in stable condition.
Sources say the gun wanted in connection with the couple’s shooting is a .40 caliber Sig Sauer pistol, the same style handgun issued to Allegheny County police officers.
Late Friday, police recovered the SUV which had been linked to the shooting and confirmed it is Officer Jenkins’ vehicle.
Allegheny County police officials are starting an internal investigation into the matter on Monday.
Daniel Jenkins is still being sought by authorities.
Daniel Jenkins was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana in 2011 and disorderly conduct last July.