Police: Lower Burrell man on drugs assaults and robs woman then asks police to shoot him

By Terri Hill | March 14, 2019

A Lower Burrell man is accused of robbing and assaulting a woman late Wednesday and when confronted by police he demanded that officers shoot him.

Robert E. Brown, 48, faces charges of robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, trespassing, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats, simple assault, indecent exposure, criminal mischief, open lewdness and public drunkenness.

A caller reported to 911 around 11:30 p.m. that a naked man was assaulting a woman on Leechburg Road, according to police.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint that a witness said Brown yelled and screamed at the woman claiming he knew her from an incident that occurred when he was a child. The woman told police that she did not know Brown and had never met him before Wednesday’s incident. Police said he ripped the woman’s sweatshirt from her and fled the area.

Brown was spotted by police a short time later sitting on the porch of a vacant house and was naked from the waist down, but was wearing the woman’s sweatshirt, police said in the complaint.

As police approached him, Brown yelled “Just shoot me in the back of the head and end it,” then jumped up, kicked in the front door and ran into the empty house.

A short time later Brown complied with police requests and came out of the house and was arrested and handcuffed, the complaint said.

After police put Brown in the back of a police car he kicked and slammed his body into the cage and accused multiple people of molesting him, police said in the complaint.

Brown told police that he had recently smoked PCP, marijuana and meth, according to the complaint. He was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison where he will undergo a mental health evaluation.

The woman suffered scrapes and scratches to her hands and knee. She declined medical attention.

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

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