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4 charged in Lower Burrell home invasion shooting

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Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Four men are accused of committing a Nov. 27 Lower Burrell home robbery in which one of the home's occupants was wounded.

Joshua Louis Holiday, 27, of 125½ Center Street, Braddock Hills; Colin M. Suierveld, 20, of 317 Young Drive, Washington Township; Troy W. Fulton Jr., 20, of 670 Bell Point Road, Bell; and Benjamin J. Crutchman, 24, of 4101 Route 819, Bell, were arraigned on Tuesday after surrendering to Lower Burrell police and a Westmoreland County detective.

Police allege Holiday, Suierveld and Fulton were looking for drugs and money when they kicked in a door at 164 Westbrook Drive, off Leechburg Road, just before 4 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving.

Crutchman allegedly waited behind the wheel in the get-a-way car.

Police said there were three men inside the rental house. Two of them resisted the home invasion while a third occupant fled. During the melee, one of the occupants was shot once in his left forearm by a handgun that police say Holiday was holding when he fell to the floor.

The wounded man was treated at Allegheny General Hospital and may require future surgery. Holiday, Suierveld, Fulton and Crutchman are accused of robbery, burglary, theft, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime, and criminal mischief.

Holiday is also charged with carrying a concealed handgun without a license.

District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec ordered each man to take part in a pre-trial program, including drug testing. She tentatively set a preliminary hearing for Jan. 14. All are out of jail on bond pending the hearing.

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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