January 26, 2021

Armed duo fleeing home invasion caught after crashing into cop car, 2 other vehicles

Allentown police arrested two men on multiple felonies after they allegedly broke into a home while armed and a gunshot was fired, authorities said.

Officers responded to the break-in call just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of West Emmett Street, Allentown police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. said in a news release.

No one home at the time of the incident was injured, police said.

Allentown police converged on the area, and the two suspects were observed running to a vehicle parked nearby, according to the release.

They attempted to drive off but struck three unoccupied, parked vehicles — including a police car — before their vehicle broke down and they were forced to flee on foot, police said. Patrol officers quickly took them into custody.

Granitz identified the suspects as Richard Robinson, 33, of Newark, New Jersey, and 34-year-old Kasson Green, who has no current address.

Police said they recovered two firearms, one of which had an obliterated or altered serial number; the other firearm was reported stolen.

They are charged with crimes including robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm with altered serial number and carrying firearms without a license.

Both were arraigned Saturday before District Judge Michael D’Amore and sent to Lehigh County Jail. Robinson was unable to post bail set at $250,000 and Green was denied bail due to multiple violent prior charges and because he has been arrested in multiple states and has prior bail violations, according to court records.

The two face preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled Oct. 30 to determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the charges against them toward trial in Lehigh County Court. The cases are assigned to District Judge Rashid Santiago going forward.

Granitz in the released thanked the officers of the department’s Fourth Platoon for their efforts in the investigation and apprehensions.

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Kurt Bresswein may be reached at [email protected].

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