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Penn Twp. man charged in violent Murrysville home invasion, theft

Paul Peirce
| Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 10:09 a.m.

A 23-year-old Penn Township man was arrested and ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bond in connection with a violent home invasion Saturday morning in Murrysville.

Murrysville police arrested Edward P. Hodoba of Claridge-Export Road within 24 hours, charging him Sunday with aggravated assault, burglary, robbery, criminal conspiracy and theft in connection with the assault and break-in at a home on the 3800 block of School Road.

The victims, a man and woman, said they were awakened about 7:30 a.m. by four intruders wearing masks and gloves, who bound them with duct tape and threatened them with guns, Detective Sgt. W. Thomas Kusinsky reported in an affidavit of probable cause.

“(The male victim) was struck several times with the butt of a rifle in the head, causing injuries to his face and eye,” Kusinsky wrote.

Kusinsky reported that “for a moment” one of the intruders face was exposed and both victims recognized Hodoba.

About three hours before the break-in, Murrysville Patrolman Jasen Bethlehem noticed a white 2016 Chrysler parked in the vicinity of School Road at a sewage plant pump station “that was found to be registered to Edward Paul Hodoba II.”

Bethlehem then continued his patrol duties, but the information he obtained during the vehicle registration check was useful later in the investigation, police said.

Kusinsky said a .40-caliber Glock handgun, .22 long rifle, Xbox One console, Xbox 360, wallet, Michael Kors purse, $100 and multiple pairs of Air Jordan shoes were taken during the break-in.

None of Hodoba's alleged accomplices have been charged, according to online records.

The investigation continues.

Hodoba's preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled on Sept. 29 before Export District Judge Charles Conway.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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