DECEMBER 23, 2016

CONTACT: Chief Deputy Kevin M. Kraus, 412-350-4714


PITTSBURGH, PA – Sheriff William P. Mullen announces the apprehension of Russell Crawshaw, 28 years old, from West View Borough.  Crawshaw was wanted on two separate warrants and is currently a suspect in a recent burglary that occurred in West View Borough.

On July 23, 2013, the City of Pittsburgh Police Department charged Crawshaw with four counts of burglary.  Crawshaw later pled guilty to all of the charges and was sentenced to a period of probation/parole. Since that time, a violation warrant has been issued for his arrest.

On November 7, 2016, the Allegheny County Police obtained an arrest warrant for an alleged home invasion that occurred in Aspinwall Borough. County Police charged Crawshaw with two counts of robbery, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, two counts of simple assault, one count of burglary, one count of criminal conspiracy, and one count of criminal mischief.  This warrant, in regards to the alleged crime accuses Crawshaw and two other suspects of the home invasion.  The two other males were apprehended on the scene, but Crawshaw was able to elude police.  During the home invasion, the two victims present were physically assaulted.  The female victim accused Crawshaw of throwing her to the ground and choking her.    

In the past few weeks, Crawshaw has become a suspect in a burglary that occurred in the Borough of West View.  During that burglary, a firearm was taken along with men’s clothing and other personal items. 

Since the warrants have been issued, sheriff’s deputies, along with Allegheny County Police, West View and Ross Township Police Departments have been searching for Crawshaw.  

This evening, sheriff’s deputies developed information that Crawshaw was currently at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore of Pittsburgh.  These officers, along with the Pennsylvania State Police were able to locate Crawshaw in the casino.  Crawshaw was then taken into custody without incident. 

At the time of his apprehension, deputies noticed Crawshaw wearing clothing similar to that of the victim in the West View burglary.  Additionally, a hotel key was found on his person and deputies confirmed that he had rented the hotel room using the name of the victim of the burglary.    While searching the hotel room, deputies located several items that were reported stolen in the burglary along with a large sum of U.S. Currency.

Crawshaw was transported to the Allegheny County Jail, where he will be arraigned on the arrest warrant for the home invasion.  In addition, Crawshaw will be held without bond on the criminal bench warrant.  Additional burglary charges may still be pending.
For media requesting a photo of Crawshaw, please visit the Sheriff’s Office website or social media outlets.