Charleroi woman arrested, two others sought in home invasion

August 8, 2017
Fantina Rawls

A Charleroi woman was arrested and two others, including her 18-year-old son, are being sought by Charleroi Regional police in a home invasion in which a 17-year-old boy was injured Monday afternoon on Twilight Hollow Road.

Fantina D. Rawls, 38, of 806 Crest Ave., is accused of dropping the pair off at the home on Twilight Hollow.

Police were called about 2:30 p.m. for a report of a home invasion in progress involving two men, one armed with a handgun. While police were responding, they learned the two suspects fled in a white car.

The 17-year-old alleged victim, who had injuries to his neck and wrist, told police he heard a knock on the door. When he answered, he was rushed and forced back into his home. The 17-year-old said a handgun was shoved in his face as the two men started to tie him up with plastic zip ties and telephone cords. They also reportedly put a multicolored scarf around his face.

The boy told police the two men were asking for the “QP,” which refers to a quarter pound of marijuana, and pills. He denied having any drugs and the two reportedly ransacked the home. The teen was hit with a .22-caliber long rifle, with the stock breaking over his leg. The boy told police one of the robbers was Daquan Rawls.

A witness told police he saw a newer white Dodge car driven by a woman pull into the driveway of the home, and two men get out and go into the home. Police checked surveillance and saw the two men get out of the vehicle, with one grabbing what appeared to be a handgun. A short time later, the two men are seen getting back into the vehicle. One of them was carrying what appeared to be a brown piece of luggage.

Detective Chad Zelinsky was following up on leads a short time later when he spotted a vehicle matching the description on Wilson Road. When he turned the cruiser around, the other vehicle accelerated. Carroll Township police Chief Paul Brand and Zelinsky were able to stop it in the 700 block of Conrad Avenue. Rawls was driving and two girls were passengers. The men were not in the vehicle.

A 13-year-old passenger told police Rawls gave her a crack pipe to hold if they were stopped by police. Police also found zip ties on the floor of the vehicle.

Rawls reportedly told police her son and the other suspect went to the home to buy marijuana. She also admitted waiting for the two to come out of the house. She then drove away. Her son and the other man got out of the vehicle and reportedly told Rawls to take the suitcase they apparently took from the Twilight Hollow Road home to her sister’s home. They then got into another vehicle that sped off.

Police went to the home of Rawls’ sister and found the suitcase which contained an Xbox video game system with controllers, Samsung tablet and a jar with what appeared to be marijuana residue. Rawls told police she fled because she panicked.

Rawls was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of conspiracy, flight to avoid apprehension, receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. She was placed in Washington County jail on $30,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 17 before District Judge Larry Hopkins.

Police plan to obtain a warrant for Daquan Rawls. They are trying to identify the second suspect.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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