Arrest Made in Lawrence Avalon Run Home Invasion

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An arrest has been made in the home invasion that took place at the Avalon Run Apartments in Lawrence Township earlier this month.

A resident at the apartment complex was held at knifepoint in his apartment on Aug. 12. The apartment was entered via an unlocked sliding door, the place was ransacked, and then the victim was forced from his residence into his own vehicle and taken to two local ATM machines, where he was forced to withdraw money. He was then driven to Trenton, where he was released. The suspects then fled on foot.


Officers arrested Righteous Laster, 19, years of Trenton in Pemberton Township Monday morning without incident. He was charged with robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, burglary, theft by extortion, terroristic threats, unlawful possession of a weapon, credit card theft and other charges.

Laster was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He allegedly was in possession of seven packets of heroin when he was arrested.

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta set bail at $250,000. Laster could not make bail and is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center until his court date.

Sketch of the second suspect in the Avalon Run home invasion.
Sketch of the second suspect in the Avalon Run home invasion.

The Lawrence Township Police Department is still trying to identify the second suspect in the incident. With the assistance of the New Jersey State Police composite unit, a sketch of the second suspect in the case was developed. He is described as a black male, age 20 to 30, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall with a medium build and a close-cut hair style. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt and cargo style shorts.

If anyone recognizes the second suspect,  contact Det. Daniel Gladney at 609-844-7128 or

Krystal Knapp

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