Homeless man with paranoid schizophrenia held after Frick Park ax threats

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A homeless man with a history of mental illness is being held in jail today on charges that he threatened two people with an ax in Frick Park.

Officers from Pittsburgh's Zone 4 station in Squirrel Hill went to the park Sunday night for a report that a man, later identified as 39-year-old Frederic Park, was threatening people with an ax.

One person told police Mr. Park swung the ax at a water bottle he was holding in his hand and then followed him and the woman with him "in a menacing manner" before tossing a trash can at him, according to a criminal complaint.

Another man, who is black, told police Mr. Park called him a racial slur and said "God bless the KKK" before swinging the ax at him.

Mr. Park faces charges of aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and recklessly endangering another person.

Mr. Park, who has been diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic according to a protection-from-abuse order filed against him last year, has been taken to UPMC's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at least twice.

He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $10,000 bail.

He faces a July 3 preliminary hearing.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter: @LizNavratil.


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