Man arrested in Lawrenceville home robbery

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A Lawrenceville man was arrested today after a violent home invasion early Tuesday morning, according to court records.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint that Timothy Lau, 35, forcefully entered a Lawrenceville home on 43 1/2 street around 4:15 a.m. seeking money and stole a handgun.

Lau had been at the home days earlier doing yard work, police said. When he returned, he said, "Where's the money at?" and ransacked the box from which resident Richard Hillhouse, 89, had paid him $150, police said. Mr. Hillhouse, a World War II veteran, told Lau he'd put the money in the bank.

During the robbery, Mr. Hillhouse pulled his revolver and pointed it at Lau, who wrestled it from him and pushed him to the ground, police said.

Public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said this arrest "is a perfect example of how police and the community can work together to solve crimes" in a press release.

After this case was featured on Crime Stoppers, Ms. Toler said police received numerous tips on Lau's whereabouts. On Thursday night, information led police to East liberty where Lau was spotted driving a recently stolen vehicle. She said police stopped him on Mossfield Street in Garfield, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Lau has been charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, burglary and robbery, court records show. He is in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,00 bail, awaiting a May 22 preliminary hearing.

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

First Published May 9, 2014 6:22 PM

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