BELLE VERNON – A Donora man is in custody facing charges he forced an 80-year-old woman to disrobe and robbed her of $150 during a Rostraver Township home invasion last week.
Police named Errin Shane Rose, 44, a suspect in the case based on a witness who saw his vehicle at the crime scene early Tuesday in the township’s Sweeney Plan neighborhood, and the ability to track the car drive off on various video surveillance cameras to a nearby convenience store, police said in a news release.
Rose, of 743 McKean Ave., is accused of forcing his way into the woman’s home on Belrose Drive about 1:25 a.m. while pretending to need her help because his car ran out of gasoline. Police also accuse him of telling the woman he had a gun.
One of the victim’s neighbors noticed a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue Rose allegedly drove that morning parked outside her house after hearing tapping on a door or window, police said. The vehicle left the area by the time police arrived.
While canvassing video surveillance in the area, police noticed the same vehicle pass Rostraver West Newton Emergency Medical Services on nearby Pleasant Valley Road about 1:30 a.m. and then turn onto Route 201 north on footage captured at a Subway restaurant. Police next noticed the vehicle about a mile away pull two minutes later into the gasoline pumps at a Sheetz on Route 51.
Police officers recognized Rose in that surveillance when he got out of the car to purchase gas, using similar denominations of money stolen from the victim. She also identified him as the man who robbed her from a photo lineup, police said.
Police apprehended Rose on Westmoreland County bench warrants at 1115 Hill St. Thursday after locating the vehicle registered to his girlfriend. Westmoreland sheriffs later took Rose to an area hospital under guard after he complained of chest pains while being questioned by police. He is in Westmoreland County jail following his Saturday release from the hospital, and awaiting arraignment in the home invasion.
The bench warrants involve his failure to appear in court on other charges filed by Rostraver police in October 2013 forgery and theft offenses, police said.
In the home invasion case, he is facing two counts of robbery, charges that involve placing a victim in fear of serious injuries and the threat of possessing a gun. He also faces charges of burglary and receiving stolen property in that case.