Police: Ambridge home invasion 'absolutely' drug-related

Man shot at home likely to face charges

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A Christmas Eve home invasion in Ambridge that left one man shot and led to a sweep of 150 stamp bags of heroin at the home the same night was "absolutely" drug-related, police said Tuesday.

Sgt. James Mann, Ambridge acting police chief, said 29-year-old Chad Gray was shot in his left side Monday night after three masked men entered his home brandishing guns and demanding money.

Police believe the suspects knew Mr. Gray, who likely will face charges, and were "very familiar" with the inside of the home and may have been there before, Sgt. Mann said.

Police responded to the 100 block of Park Road around 7:40 p.m. and heard a man yelling for help from the roof. Sgt. Mann said Mr. Gray had been shot on the first level, then ran upstairs and jumped out a window to reach the roof. Two acquaintances and Mr. Gray's girlfriend were inside the home at the time, as well as the girlfriend's elderly father, who was visiting from out of state.

Mr. Gray was taken to Allegheny General Hospital and underwent emergency surgery Tuesday night. Doctors are expected to leave the bullet in his body because retrieving it would be too invasive, Sgt. Mann said.

The home invasion led to a drug bust Tuesday in Mr. Gray's home, which Sgt. Mann said police have monitored for months for potential drug trafficking. Police sought a search warrant after responding to the home invasion and seeing drugs and paraphernalia in plain sight.

"We have been watching this guy for a while," Sgt. Mann said.

Ambridge police, aided by the Beaver County sheriff's office and Leet police, obtained the warrant about 12:30 a.m. and recovered "a substantial amount" of heroin -- about 150 stamp bags with a street value of about $2,000 -- scales, packaging material, two guns and a small amount of marijuana.

Police anticipate that several people, including Mr. Gray, will face charges related to those findings, Sgt. Mann said.

Police are looking for three suspects in the home invasion, all males in their late teens or early 20s. All were wearing dark clothing and masks.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944.


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