Washington man charged with stealing truck, dragging owner on interstate

October 6, 2017
Ivan Edward Sadler

A Washington man, already charged in an alleged crime spree earlier this summer, is now facing charges of assault and robbery for allegedly stealing a Claysville man’s pickup truck and dragging him with it as the victim tried to stop the theft.

Ivan Edward Sadler, 54, was charged Monday by state police with aggravated assault, burglary, robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, theft, receiving stolen property and reckless endangerment. He also was charged with burglary in connection with a break-in at an Allegheny County home.

Sadler was arraigned before District Judge Ethan Ward and immediately waived the charges to court. He had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday before Ward on charges of receiving stolen property and false identification filed by state police after he was found July 12 inside a gray Honda Civic that had been reported stolen in Ingram two days earlier. He also waived a preliminary hearing on those charges.

State police, in court documents filed with Ward, indicated that even though the crimes Sadler allegedly committed occurred in multiple jurisdictions in Washington and Allegheny counties, all cases will be prosecuted in Washington County.

The assault and robbery charges filed Monday stemmed from a Good Samaritan being injured when he stopped to help another driver, later identified by police as Sadler, on Interstate 79 southbound in Collier Township near the Carnegie exit July 9.

Police said Sadler crashed a car he had stolen in Washington the previous day, and Todd Krut stopped to help. Police said Sadler got into Krut’s truck, and when he attempted to drive off, Krut tried to stop him from stealing the vehicle. Krut was dragged on the highway, suffering several injuries.

Police said Sadler eventually abandoned Krut’s truck and later broke into a home in Ingram where he stole a laptop, debit card and keys to the Honda Civic, which he also stole. Sadler allegedly drove the car to a Wexford convenience store, where he stole the purse of an employee. He also allegedly committed crimes at sites in Donegal Township and Ohio County, W.Va., in each case removing an air conditioner from a window.

Last month, Sadler waived a hearing on charges filed against him by Washington police in connection with several burglaries and thefts in early July.

Sadler remains in Washington County Jail. He is scheduled to be formally arraigned on all the charges he faces Dec. 15.

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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