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Neighbor accused of robbery attempt in Arnold

| Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 1:41 a.m.

An Arnold man is accused of attempting to burglarize a neighbor's home early Sunday and knocking down a woman as he tried to flee police through the house.

Benjamin R. Spiering, 23, of the 1800 block of Fourth Avenue, Arnold, was arrested just after 4 a.m. two doors away from his residence.

Police had just been called by the middle-aged homeowner, who said an unknown man was trying to get inside the house.

The homeowner told police the man was at the back door. While a New Kensington officer watched the front door, according to a report, Arnold officers approached the rear door in time to see a man enter the house and close the door.

Police said Spiering was met at the door by the homeowner. Spiering rushed by the man and ran into the living room, where he collided with the homeowner's wife and knocked her down, police said.

Arnold police Chief Willie Weber entered to find the woman getting up from the floor. New Kensington Officer Matthew Saxon was ordering Spiering to get down.

Police charged Spiering with assault, burglary, defiant trespass and loitering and prowling at night.

Spiering was in the Westmoreland County jail on Monday in lieu of $25,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 2 in New Kensington.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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