A Carrick man crawled through the dog door Monday night in his former boss’s Overbrook home and threatened to slit his throat, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
The ex-boss and his neighbor fought back, striking the intruder with a baseball bat and holding him down until help arrived, police said.
Michael Pistorius, 30, was awaiting arraignment Tuesday evening on charges of aggravated assault, robbery and burglary.
Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that Mr. Pistorius went to the Walton Avenue home of Frank Comport, 45, about 5 p.m. Monday and yelled that he would later return to kill Mr. Comport, who had fired him from his roofing company three weeks ago and accused Mr. Pistorius of stealing from him.
Mr. Comport and his girlfriend, Patricia Roak, 23, fell asleep and awoke a few hours later to Mr. Pistorius crawling in through the dog door, police said. When they turned on the lights, Mr. Pistorius was standing in front of them, holding a knife to Mr. Comport’s throat, according to the compliant.
Mr. Comport told his girlfriend to get his wallet, which was in another room, and she ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help.
Neighbor Jeff Kapolka, 32, grabbed a baseball bat and ran into the Comport house, where he saw Mr. Pistorius holding a knife to Mr. Comport’s throat and yelling, “I’ll cut his throat,” police said.
Police said Mr. Kapolka hit Mr. Pistorius in the head with the bat, and he and Mr. Comport began fighting with Mr. Pistorius. Mr. Comport was stabbed in the foot and forearm during the fracas.
The scuffle moved outside, and at least one of the men hit Mr. Pistorius again with the bat, police said. The two held him down until officers arrived.
Police said Mr. Pistorius gave them a different account of events. They said Mr. Pistorius told officers he went to Mr. Comport’s house to buy drugs but was short on money, so Mr. Comport and Mr. Kapolka tried to kill him.
Neither Mr. Comport nor Mr. Kapolka have been charged in connection with the incident. Medics took Mr. Pistorius to UPMC Mercy for treatment for head injuries.
Mr. Comport saw a doctor for treatment Tuesday afternoon. “We’re a little shaken up,” Ms. Roak said. “I think [Mr. Pistorius] shouldn’t be out on the streets. He’s a danger to society.”
First Published July 8, 2014 12:00 AM