One man was jailed Wednesday and Johnstown police are searching for two others involved in a home invasion robbery in which an elderly woman was badly injured Saturday.
City police charged Kareem Lee Brandon, 19, of the 100 block of Singer Street, with three counts each of robbery and criminal conspiracy.
He also is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, and one count each of burglary, criminal trespass and reckless endangerment.
Police said in a criminal complaint that Brandon and two other men who were wearing ski masks forced their way into a home in the 200 block of Lincoln Street and assaulted a woman, sending her to the hospital.
The woman was able to identify Brandon, police said.
She told police the three men showed up and Brandon said he had money for her son, who was upstairs.
As she opened the door, the three forced their way inside.
One man beat the woman and held her at knifepoint while the others ran upstairs, police said.
The men fled after the woman shouted that the police were on their way.
Police don’t believe anything was taken.
“They were scared off when the victim yelled she had called the police,” police Chief Craig Foust said.
The woman told police that Brandon knew her son because Brandon had purchased a pair of Nike shoes from him.
“Her son had a little eBay business, and we believe that was their motive,” Foust said.
The woman was treated at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for facial injuries, bruised ribs and numerous contusions to her head.
Police said she will need surgery for a facial fracture.
Brandon was arraigned by on-call District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $50,000 bond.
Police have not been able to identify the two other suspects, a black male and a white male.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts can contact police at 800-281-1680.
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