Suspected Gunman, Alleged Drug-Dealer-Victim Both Arrested as Lawrence Police Solve Armed Robbery

Lawrence Township police allege that 20-year-old Richard Giehl of Lawrence stole a handgun from his father on Tuesday and used the weapon to steal the marijuana that another man - Jeremy Smith, 27, of Ewing - was offering to sell him.

While investigating a reported armed robbery Tuesday evening  (Feb. 19), Lawrence Township police officers arrested both the suspected gunman and the would-be victim after they discovered that the victim had allegedly tried to sell marijuana to the other man, township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry revealed.

The investigation began, he said, when police received a call from Jeremy Smith, a 27-year-old resident of Windsor Court, Ewing Township, who claimed that he had been robbed at gunpoint of $50 by someone he knew by the name of “Rich.”

Ubry said Smith told police the crime happened earlier that day, about 2 p.m., at the Steward’s Crossing apartment complex off Bunker Hill Road.

Sgt. Chris Longo and Detective Robert Potter soon identified the alleged gunman as 20-year-old Richard Giehl and located him at his home on Gary Court, which is located off Bunker Hill Road in Lawrence Township, Ubry related.

Their investigation, according to Ubry, revealed that Giehl had stolen a Glock 9 mm handgun from his father and had used that weapon to steal a quantity of marijuana that Smith had allegedly offered to sell him.

Ubry said Giehl was taken into custody and charged with theft (two counts, for allegedly stealing the handgun and drugs), armed robbery, aggravated assault (for allegedly pointing the gun at Smith), unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and possession of marijuana under 50 grams. The handgun was recovered, Ubry added.  

Smith, meanwhile, was arrested and charged with drug offenses, including distribution, and obstructing the administration of law (for allegedly trying to pull away from Detective Potter while Smith was in custody at police headquarters), Ubry said.


Sanriobaby February 23, 2013 at 03:11 AM
@Emarie- First, this is a public forum, and as such, I along with everyone else, is free to post our comments as we see fit, that's why there's a section to LEAVE OUR COMMENTS on, but I guess you missed the point of that, but I digress.... It's clear that you are either a family member or a close friend of this young man and for that, I feel sorry for you. He is clearly in a bad place in his life and I'm willing to bet, he's been heading down this road for a LONG TIME, b/c no stable minded person decides to steal a gun one day and try and hold up someone else for some cash and drugs. With that said, it doesn't change the fact that he commited a crime, which could have EASILY turned deadly (b/c drugs plus a gun can lead to being shot/killed) and it is by the grace of God that he picked an idiot to hold up. And we can all agree you have to be an idiot to call the cops about being held up when there was a drug deal going down. This whole story would be laughable if it wasn't so freakin sad. Take it from someone who's dealt with a family member suffering from both mental illness and a bad drug habit, that person has to want to help themselves get better. Some jail time and a intensive inpatient drug treatment program works for those who are READY to get better along with recieving mental health services and staying on your meds too. So while your loved one is in a bad place, I stand by my comment, he's still a moron and he's lucky he didn't kill or get himself killed.
OnlyTheTruth February 23, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Knowledge is power and to know the facts is important. What the article doesent tell you is that the gun wasnt loaded ie no clip. So dont assume everything you read is true.
Michael P February 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Prison helped me, sounds like he will now get the help whether he wants it or not.
Michael P February 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM
armed robbery is armed robbery, whether there are bullets in it or not doesnt change the fact that it was armed robbery.
modi February 26, 2013 at 01:18 AM
This is how innocent neighbors and kids get killed. These idiots with drugs and guns let bullets fly by accident or intentionally and they hit some innocent person. These guys deserve to both see prison time. Good job by the police


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