Pittsburgh teen tied to assault on U.S. marshal

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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.

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: lnavratil@post-ga­zette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twit­ter @LizNavratil.

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