Stowe man charged with stalking police officer

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The Allegheny County district attorney’s office has charged a Stowe man with stalking a township police officer.

A criminal complaint filed this week accused Brian Vratoric, 39, of Roosevelt Avenue, of closely following Officer Molly Connolly in his vehicle in June, screaming and waving at the officer in September and leaving a series of rambling voicemail messages for the officer.

According to the complaint, Mr. Vratoric drove up behind Officer Connolly on the McKees Rocks Bridge late at night on June 9, then sped around her. Seeing his vehicle stopped ahead at a red light, the officer made a U-turn to avoid him but soon found him behind her again, “tailgating to the point she thought that he was going to hit her vehicle.”

On Sept. 1, she saw Mr. Vratoric’s vehicle again on the McKees Rocks Bridge when she pulled up beside it.

“At this point Brian Vratoric rolled down his window and began waving and screaming,” according to the complaint.

On Sept. 19, the officer responded to a call for a domestic disturbance at the suspect’s home. During the incident, Mr. Vratoric told Officer Connolly that he had done “recon” on her during a trip she made to the Crafton Police Department to search a female suspect, according to the complaint.

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