New Castle News

April 1, 2014

Police continue probe of home invasion, shooting

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Two men have been charged and police continue to search for a third suspect in a home invasion.

Michael Aaron Waters, 23, of 3063 McClelland Ave. remains in the Lawrence County jail on $100,000 bond, charged with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and carrying a concealed firearm without a license. His hearing is scheduled for April 9.

State police also filed charges against Richard Andrew Javens, 43, also of 3063 McClelland Ave. He is charged with burglary, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, criminal trespass, prohibited possession of firearms and possession of instruments of crime, a firearm.

Javens, who is in critical condition in a Pittsburgh hospital, has not yet been arraigned, according to police. Officers said a warrant has been issued and hospital officials and state police in the Pittsburgh area have been notified Javens will be arrested when he is well enough to be discharged.

According to police, three armed men wearing masks and bandanas, and at least one wearing latex gloves, forced their way into a mobile home on Hillsville-Bessemer Road, North Beaver Township, about 1:15 a.m. Friday.

The 25-year-old victim told police gunfire had been exchanged and he had fired a shotgun at the three, striking one of them. The others, he said, held a gun to the head of his 2-year-old daughter and demanded he put down the shotgun. The victim said one of the men had struck him in the head with a handgun when he complied. He was treated at Jameson Hospital for a head injury then released.

Police were told the invaders had demanded money and fled with about $45 and the shotgun.

Officers said they found a large amount of blood and 9 mm shells in the residence.

At 1:30 a.m. Friday, police said, Lawrence County 911 had received a call from someone saying he was in route to Jameson Hospital with a man from the Harbor projects who had been shot in the chest.

Met at the hospital by New Castle police, officers said the wounded man, later identified as Javens, had suffered a shotgun wound. Police said he was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.

According to the arrest report, Waters told police he had been at home and “sometime around midnight” his uncle — Javens — arrived at the home on foot saying he had been shot. Waters told police he grabbed his 9 mm handgun, called 911 and drove Javens to the hospital, using his aunt’s white Malibu. He told police he had latex gloves and a bandanna in his possession, but denied any involvement in the North Beaver incident, saying he had been home from 7 p.m. Thursday, never leaving until he drove Javens to the hospital.

Police said they later contacted Waters’ girlfriend, who lives at the same address. They said she told them she had been at home with Waters Thursday night, but he left, did not tell her where he was going and did not return. She said the next she heard from him was when he called to say Javens had been shot.

Police obtained a search warrant for the car Waters had driven to the hospital and discovered two bandanas, empty packaging for bandanas, empty packaging for plastic zip ties, an unopened package of plastic zip ties, a pair of blood-soaked knit gloves, and a latex glove. They added blood was observed on the exterior and interior of the car.

Officers said Javens had heavy zip ties and two large knives in his possession.

At this time, police said, it appears the victim’s action — firing a shotgun at the intruders — was justifiable.

Officers said evidence will be presented to Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa, who will make the decision on filing charges.