Police charge Vandergrift man with robbing and beating a man for his iPhone and cash

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By Terri Hill | March 11, 2019

Vandergrift police have accused a 19-year-old man with assaulting another man and taking his iPhone and $600 early Saturday.

Javon Lambert faces robbery, aggravated assault and terroristic threats charges, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint, Lambert and the man were walking on 9th Street between 2 and 3 a.m. when Lambert put his arm around the man’s neck and started choking him.

Police wrote in the complaint that Lambert pushed the man to the ground and repeatedly struck him on his head and face.  Lambert also struck him several times with a handgun and told the man, “I will kill your family if you tell anyone I hit you with a gun.”

Lambert made off with the man’s iPhone valued at $1,000 and $600 cash, the complaint said.

Police said that Lambert ran out the back door to his home when they tried to arrest him. Police were able to capture him a short time later.

Lambert remains in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post a $30,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

 

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