- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A day after a woman and her grandmother were found slain, police announced they were searching for her boyfriend on unrelated assault charges involving her last fall.

The boyfriend, Cesar Mazza, 25, is wanted on a bench warrant for missing his trial Wednesday on assault and related charges stemming from two incidents last fall involving Tionna Banks.

Authorities say Banks, 19, was pregnant during the attacks but later gave birth to Mazza’s son. Banks was found slain in an East Hills home Thursday along with her grandmother Valorie Crumpton, 72.

Police haven’t said how Banks and her grandmother were killed, and the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said autopsies on them continued Friday.

Police were not calling Mazza a suspect in the slayings, but police spokeswoman Sonya Toler asked people who know where he is to contact homicide detectives and said he should be considered “armed and dangerous.” The Associated Press could not locate a telephone number for Mazza at an address listed for him in court records.

Police found Banks and her grandmother dead two days after Banks missed a social services appointment, prompting a caseworker to report her missing. Police forced their way into the residence after noticing a foul odor and found the bodies.

Toler said a baby was involved in the investigation and is safe, but she didn’t identify the baby.

According to court records, Mazza was charged with simple assault and reckless endangerment in September. He was accused of punching Banks in the mouth after she forgot some of her clothes at a relative’s house.

Police charged Mazza in November with assaulting Banks and the couple’s then-unborn child during another argument. He was accused of kicking Banks in the stomach and hitting her with a tricycle.

Other court records indicate Banks had obtained protection-from-abuse court orders against Mazza, saying he threatened to kill her if she didn’t name their baby after him and, after the baby was born, again threatened to kill her in March if she wouldn’t let him see their son.

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