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City police nab man facing homicide charge

May 30, 2014 News Extra

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A suspected drug dealer wanted on a homicide charge in New York City was arrested Thursday afternoon trying to break into a home in Butler.

But the suspect, 29-year-old Glen Ray Carwell, and two alleged accomplices possibility targeted the wrong house on Wyle Avenue, city police said.

Officers nabbed the trio before they could drive away, according to court documents. Inside their would-be getaway car, police found more than 100 stamp bags of suspected heroin and a small amount of marijuana.

All three defendants — Carwell, 28-year-old Justin J. Ervin of Harrisburg and 26-year-old Angela M. Smith of Butler — are in the Butler County Prison.

They are all charged with felony and misdemeanor drug possession and conspiracy.

Carwell and Ervin also are charged with trespass and criminal mischief.

Additionally, Carwell is charged with being a fugitive from justice. He is wanted by authorities in the Bronx on a charge of conspiracy to commit homicide.

Originally from the Bronx, Carwell apparently has been recently staying at Smith’s home in the 200 block of American Avenue, authorities said.

Butler police were called about 4:20 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 100 block of Wyle Avenue, where a couple reported that two men were trying to kick in the front door, according to court documents.

One of the intruders was yelling a name that the couple did not recognize. The suspect at some point realized he and the man were at the wrong house, but not before they had kicked in the door.

The suspects never got into the house, police said.

Officers rushed to the home and stopped the defendants in their SUV. Carwell and Ervin were identified as the men who tired to get into the house. Smith was the alleged getaway driver.

A search of the vehicle turned up 118 stamp bags of suspected heroin and a small amount of suspected marijuana, police said.

Police also learned that Carwell was wanted on an arrest warrant for conspiracy to commit homicide that was issued April 4 out of New York City.

Butler police said Bronx counterparts told them they plan to extradite Carwell.

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