The Lawrence Township Police Department, with the assistance of the United States Marshalls Fugitive Task Force Trenton office, New Jersey State Police K-9 unit and Pemberton Township Police Department, made an arrest on the August 12, 2015 home invasion at Avalon Run apartments in Lawrence Township.

Officers arrested Righteous Laster, 19 years old from Trenton, in Pemberton Township yesterday morning without incident. Laster was charged with the crimes of robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, burglary, theft by extortion, criminal restraint, terroristic threats, liability for conduct of another, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, theft of movable property and credit card theft.

Laster was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance for being in possession of 7 packets of heroin during his arrest. Mercer County Superior Court Judge Hon. Darlene J. Pereksta set bail at $250,000.00 cash/bond. Laster will be transported to the Mercer County Correction Center for default of bail.

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

15-21030 Composite Sketch of second suspect

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


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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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