Police: Man accused of slashing bicyclist's throat in South Side also tried burning down house

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PITTSBURGH —

Police on Thursday announced the arrest of a man accused of slashing a bicyclist’s throat during an attack on Pittsburgh’s South Side in September.

Authorities said Anthony Scholl, 21, of West Mifflin, was arrested Thursday after police questioned him about the incident.

According to police, Scholl was arrested and accused of lighting his parents’ West Homestead house on fire in October.

Scholl told detectives he thought his stepfather wanted to kill him and feed him to their pet alligator, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators said the slashing victim, Colin Albright, was attacked on Josephine Street Sept. 5.

According to police, Albright, 25, was riding his bicycle home from work when he got off and began to carry it up a set of city steps towards Josephine Street.

Investigators said Albright was approaching Josephine Street when he was attacked by Scholl.

Police said Scholl stabbed Albright multiple times in the arms, neck and head before severely slashing his throat.

“He stabbed me a couple of times but didn’t say a word,” Albright said.

Police said Scholl walked down the steps and entered a vehicle which he had parked at the bottom of the stairs just before the assault.

Detectives seized Scholl's car on Wednesday, and it is being processed for evidence.

Albright told police he ran down some steps to Mary Street, where he was able to get help. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital and had to undergo surgery, police said. He continues recovering from his injuries.

“I want everyone to keep doing what they’re doing. Keep using the steps and keep riding bikes. I don’t want anyone to think our city isn’t safe,” Albright said.

Scholl is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

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