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Sharpsburg home invasion likely tied to drugs, police say

Chuck Biedka
| Friday, August 29, 2008 12:00 a.m

SHARPSBURG — A home invasion Wednesday night is likely tied to illegal drugs, police said.

Three masked men — armed with two pistols and a shotgun — pushed their way inside a house at gunpoint along the 400 block of Short Canal Street at about 11:30 p.m., Chief Leo Rudzki said.

He said the men became angry when they couldn’t find an 18-year-old man who earlier this year was charged with selling illegal drugs.

Although no shots were fired, the men pistol-whipped the man’s 42-year-old father, roughed up his 40 year-old mother and scared his 11-year-old sister, police said.

Police said the three men were looking for Richard Phillips Jr.

“This is probably drug related,” Rudzki said. “We arrested him this year.”

Police arrested Richard Phillips Jr. in June for having and selling marijuana and having scales and other drug paraphernalia.

The younger Phillips is out of jail on bond awaiting trial.

His father, Richard Phillips Sr., was treated and released at UPMC St. Margaret hospital, Pittsburgh, police said.

Rudzki said the intruders were black men of undetermined age. They ran from the house and it’s unknown if they left in a car. No other description was available.

Allegheny County forensics staff on Thursday checked the house and yard for evidence.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, or via Twitter .

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