Charleroi man wanted in armed home invasion in Speers

Suspect’s mother remains jailed for her alleged role in robbery

August 10, 2017

SPEERS – A Charleroi man is wanted on charges he participated in an armed home invasion, robbery and assault Monday in Speers.

District Judge Larry Hopkins signed a warrant Wednesday seeking the arrest of Daquan Rawls, 18, whose mother is in custody for her alleged role in the 2:30 p.m. robbery at 899 Twilight Hollow Road, court records show.

Fatina Devenia Rawls, 38, of 806 Crest Ave., Charleroi, was apprehended during a traffic stop Monday and jailed on $30,000 bond on allegations she drove her son and an unknown man to and from the house on Twilight Hollow Road with the intent of obtaining marijuana, court records show.

Daquan Rawls and the other person allegedly forced their way into the residence armed with a .22-caliber rifle and a handgun. The victim, Robert F. Thorpe, 17, had a gun pointed to his head before he was tied up and left in the front yard, Charleroi Regional police stated in the affidavit supporting the criminal charges in the case.

Thorpe also was struck on the leg with the rifle hard enough to break its stock.

The intruders told him they were looking for marijuana and pills, and they ransacked the house looking for them, the record indicates. Mattresses and a couch were overturned and ceiling tiles were pulled out during the robbery, police said.

The two men are accused of leaving the residence with a jar of marijuana, a video gaming device, a Samsung tablet and a suitcase.

Daquan Rawls, also of 806 Crest Ave., is facing charges of conspiracy, robbery, burglary, intimidating a witness, theft, receiving stolen property and reckless endangerment.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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