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Homeowner Scares Off Intruder; No Threat to School

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
February 19, 2018
Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

A home invasion on Thursday resulted in a lockdown at Francis McClure Elementary School in White Oak, but there was no threat to students, police said.

White Oak police Chief Mark Sargent said the incident began at 10:17 a.m. when a resident of a home in the 100 block of Carmella Drive heard his dog barking downstairs and went to investigate. The homeowner had a personal firearm for protection, Sargent said.

On the first floor, the homeowner found an intruder with a pistol stuck in his waistband, standing near the home's back door, Sargent said.

The homeowner ordered the man to leave, but the intruder refused, Sargent said. When the homeowner tried to push the man out the back door, the man took the pistol from his waistband and hit the homeowner in the head, injuring him just above the eyebrow.

The homeowner then fired one shot at the intruder, who fled out the back door, into the woods near Carmella Drive, Sargent said. The intruder was apparently not hit by the shot, the chief said.

White Oak police responded along with officers from McKeesport, North Versailles Twp., Versailles and Elizabeth Twp., and a K-9 handler from Elizabeth Borough police. Sargent said K-9 officers were able to track the man's movements to a nearby road.

Francis McClure school was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure, Sargent said, and a White Oak police DARE officer remained on scene, along with McKeesport school district Superintendent Mark Holtzman. The school was not in any danger, Sargent said.

The homeowner declined treatment for his injury, Sargent said. Police believe the home on Carmella Drive was targeted at random, and for no apparent reason, he said.

The intruder was described as a black male in his late 20s, clean shaven, wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans and black shoes, Sargent said. Anyone with information is asked to call Allegheny County 9-1-1 or White Oak police at (412) 672-9727 or 9726.

Originally published February 19, 2018.

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