Suspect in Penn Hills home invasion charged with homicide after victim dies |

Suspect in Penn Hills home invasion charged with homicide after victim dies

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Charles W. Pershing

Allegheny County Police will be charging a Penn Hills home robbery suspect with criminal homicide after one of the victims died.

Loxley Johns, 65, died at a hospital Monday morning from the injuries he suffered in the home invasion in the 1800 block of Runnette Street on the morning of Sept. 3, county police said.

Johns and a 52-year-old woman, who was not identified, had been bound and beaten in their home, county police said. The woman was treated by medics at the scene.

County police had previously charged Charles Pershing, 36, with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, robbery, burglary and theft.

Pershing had an outstanding warrant. The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad had arrested him without incident on Sept. 4.

Pershing remains in the Allegheny County Jail.

Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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