Washington man arrested in Canton assault, robbery

March 25, 2014
Brad Herchenroder

A 28-year-old Washington man turned himself in to state police Monday night and reportedly admitted he was the one who assaulted and robbed a Canton Township man during a home invasion early Sunday.

Brad Patrick Herchenroder of 219 Ridge Ave. was taken into custody without incident by troopers at a park on Cleveland Road in North Franklin Township after he called the barracks about 6 p.m. Monday and indicated he wanted to surrender. About 24 hours earlier, police found the victim’s pickup truck and wallet at the same park.

Herchenroder is accused of assaulting 69-year-old Edward Sibert inside his home on Brook Avenue at the Town and Country mobile home park off Jefferson Avenue about 2:30 a.m.

Herchenroder reportedly told police he had been at a friend’s house on Cleveland Road when he decided to rob Sibert. Police said he told them it took him about 90 minutes to walk from North Franklin to the victim’s home.

Police said Herchenroder knocked on Sibert’s door. When the 69-year-old opened the door, Herchenroder allegedly sprayed him with pepper spray and tried to grab his wallet. When Sibert fought back, Herchenroder allegedly punched him and took his wallet, cellphone and the keys to his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, then fled in Sibert’s truck.

Herchenroder reportedly told police that before abandoning the truck, he wiped it with Lysol, apparently in an attempt to remove fingerprints.

Police said Sibert was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of broken bones in his face.

Herchenroder was arraigned Monday night before District Judge Robert Redlinger on charges of aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. He was placed in Washington County jail on $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for April 7 before District Judge David Mark.

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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