Ex-boyfriend arrested in fatal beating of Mount Wolf woman

Edia Lawrence (York County Prison)

MOUNT WOLF, Pa. (WHTM) – A New York man has been jailed in the fatal beating his ex-girlfriend during a home invasion robbery in York County last month.

Edia “Richie” Lawrence, 18, of Bronx, is charged with criminal homicide, robbery, and related charges in the death of 19-year-old Ahshantianna Johnson.

Northeastern Regional police said Lawrence and two unknown accomplices went to Johnson’s home in Mount Wolf on the early morning of March 25. Her mother, who was alone in the house, told police the masked men threatened her with a metal baseball bat and forced her to call Johnson and tell her to come home for a “family emergency”.

In the meantime, the three stole televisions and other electronics from the home in the 100 block of South Second Street, police said

The mother was able to escape while the intruders were distracted. She ran to a neighbor’s house and had them call 911.

Johnson was attacked in the backyard when she returned home. She never regained consciousness and died at a hospital five days later.

Police say Lawrence believed Johnson had stolen his money from dealing drugs. They said the two had been dating and were classmates at Northeastern High School while Johnson was living with an aunt in York County.

Lawrence was extradited from New York and arraigned Wednesday night. He was placed in York County Prison without bail pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 3.

Police said they have interviewed several “persons of interests” but are still trying to identify his two accomplices.

Anyone with information is asked to call Northeastern Regional police at 717-266-6195 ext. 105.

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