Rostraver police identify suspect in home invasion

Mary Pickels
| Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

A Donora man with a criminal record in Washington and Westmoreland counties is accused in a home invasion involving an 80-year-old Rostraver woman.

Errin Shane Rose, 44, was hospitalized on Thursday as a result of complaining of chest pains while he was questioned about the robbery, according to Rostraver Township police.

District Judge Charles Christner issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Rose, who remained in a local hospital under guard, police Chief Greg Resetar said.

Charges against Rose include robbery, burglary, theft and receiving stolen property, according to a criminal complaint.

Rose allegedly knocked on the door of the woman's home in the Sweeney Plan at 1:25 a.m. and said his vehicle had run out of gas, police said.

Resetar said he “manipulated her trust” by claiming they knew each other.

“We had a victim trying to be good-hearted,” he said.

When the woman opened her garage door to hand Rose a gas can, he pushed his way into the house, according to an affidavit filed by Officer Stephen Sholtis.

Rose allegedly pulled a telephone from a wall, demanded cash and forced the woman to disrobe. Police said he claimed to have a gun but did not show one.

“There was approximately $150 stolen, and that money was spent on drugs. I believe it was crack cocaine,” Resetar said.

That information came from statements Rose made “about partying” and witness statements implicating him in the robbery, he said.

Video surveillance footage from several businesses led police to focus on a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue traveling in the area at the time of the robbery. The car is registered to Rose's longtime girlfriend, police said.

Surveillance footage showed a man fitting Rose's description at the Sheetz on Route 51, paying with cash in similar denominations to what had been stolen.

Rose was found in a Rostraver residence and taken into custody on two unrelated warrants.

Police said one incident involved an October 2013 theft of a vehicle from the Belle Vernon Moose Lodge. The other was for forgery in the same month, with the amount of theft exceeding $3,200.

The victim identified Rose in a photo lineup, police said.

Her family was “very thankful and relieved this individual is no longer running at large on our streets,” Resetar said. “The victim herself is thankful. She said she would be able to have a good night's rest.”

Rose did not confess “but did unwittingly make incriminating statements” during questioning, when he suddenly said he was ill, Resetar said.

“Not being a physician, I truly cannot respond as to whether he was in physical distress or not. But I can tell you in past encounters with this individual, through our department and others, this appears to be a habit of his,” the chief said.

Rose will be arraigned when he is released from the hospital, Resetar said. A preliminary hearing will be held before Christner.

Online court records show Rose has been charged numerous times in Washington and Westmoreland counties. Guilty pleas were recorded in both counties for charges that included theft, burglary, escape, aggravated assault and false reports.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or

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