ASPINWALL (KDKA) – Two people have been taken into custody after an early Monday morning home invasion in Aspinwall.
According to police, officers were called to a home in the 100 block of Freeport Road just before 2 a.m.
Aspinwall police say the burglars broke into the home through the back door and had baseball bats.
Police haven’t said what the burglars wanted, but they said the home invasion wasn’t random.
“It’s our understanding that the victim did know who the actors were,” said Aspinwall Police Chief David Caplan.
The man and woman who lived there were injured by the suspects, and a Sharpsburg police officer injured his hand.
“He was tangled in some fashion. I believe he broke his finger,” said Chief Caplan.
KDKA was there when one of the suspects was taken into custody overnight. Police say Michael Priester, 31, of Karthaus, was apprehended in a car, outside the home.
A second suspect, Shain William Focht, 28, of Franklin, was caught after he tried to run from the scene.
“The second intruder was apprehended after a brief foot chase,” added Chief Caplan, “a few blocks from the residence.”
Both Focht and Priester are facing charges of burglary, robbery simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
Aspinwall police are also searching for Russell David Crawshaw, 28, of Pittsburgh, in this case. He will face similar charges.
Anyone with information is asked to call Aspinwall police or Allegheny County police.
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