Deputy U.S. marshal attacked on Allegheny River trail

A deputy U.S. marshal chased down a Spring Garden teenager after the teen pulled down her pants while she ran along a North Side trail, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Pittsburgh police said the marshal had Robert Flynn, 19, backed into a corner when they caught up with the pair Tuesday evening.

Mr. Flynn was being held in the Allegheny County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $500,000 bail. He faces charges of aggravated assault, escape, indecent assault and providing a false identification to law enforcement.

Deputy U.S. marshal attacked on trail

Deputy U.S. marshal attacked on trail

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is not naming the marshal because it does not typically name victims of alleged indecent assaults.

The woman told Pittsburgh police she was running on a trail near River Avenue when she passed Mr. Flynn. When she was about 10 feet ahead of him, he decided to run behind her, placed his hand on her buttocks, then pulled down her running shorts, exposing her buttocks, according to a criminal complaint.

The marshal told police she pulled up her pants and chased after Mr. Flynn, screaming, “Federal marshal! Stop!” and asking people nearby to call 911. She followed him to a staircase behind an apartment building in the 100 block of Anderson Street and again told him to stop because she was a marshal, police said.

Mr. Flynn, who is 6 feet, 4 inches tall, “attempted to charge” at the marshal, who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, according to the complaint. Police said the woman “feared that Flynn was going to assault her again” so she kicked him in the crotch, grabbed him by the shoulder and punched him in the face.

About that time, Pittsburgh police arrived and asked Mr. Flynn for his name. They said he initially provided them with an incorrect last name and when asked whether he would tell them his version of events said, “I plead the fifth,” according to the complaint.

Police said Mr. Flynn was not injured, and the woman hurt her left pinkie.

U.S. Marshal Steve Frank, who acts as a spokesman for the local office, declined to comment because the incident is part of a criminal case.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.

Rich Lord contributed. Liz Navratil:, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.

First Published September 3, 2014 6:41 AM


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