2 charged in Reserve Twp. home invasion

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RESERVE TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Pittsburgh police officers who were helping the Reserve Police Department find a pair of home invasion suspects early Friday arrested the men after being flagged down by a man along Mount Troy Road who said two men pulled a gun and uttered racial epithets against him.

Trey Schafer, 24, of Troy Hill, and Thomas Kurzawski, 25, of Carnegie, were charged with crimes including ethnic intimidation, assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, and possessing instruments of crime, according to police.

Terrill Garner told authorities he was walking home from work when the suspects held a gun at him and yelled racial slurs, police said.

According to police, Schafer said, "Shoot that (expletive) in the face."

Authorities said Kurzawski then aimed the gun and said, "I will kill you."

Investigators said Garner saw a friend and got away.

Officers confiscated a handgun, a can of pepper spray and a metal ball with a string attached.

The victim of the home invasion was able to identify Schafer and Kurzawski.

According to police, after the alleged invasion, Schafer and Kurzawski were also kicked out of a local bar for threatening to "shoot up the place."

Schafer is in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond. Schafer was released after posting a $10,000 bond, according to court records.

Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.