Neighbor with baseball bat, homeowner fight off knife-wielding intruder



PITTSBURGH - A Carrick homeowner was awakened by a man holding a knife to his throat late Monday night, police said.

Investigators said the incident happened on Walton Avenue around 11 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Michael Pistorius crawled through the dog door and held Frank Comport and his girlfriend, Patricia Roak, at knifepoint while demanding “everything.”

“He came through the door and next thing you know, he was right on top of me with a knife,” Comport said.

Comport told Channel 11’s Alan Jennings that he had recently fired Pistorius from his job.

A neighbor told Channel 11 News that she heard some noise coming from the home and called 911 when she noticed Roak ran out of the home.

“I came out screaming, ‘Someone help me. Someone call the cops. There’s a guy in there trying to stab my boyfriend,’” Roak said.

The neighbor said her son also ran to their neighbor’s home to help, armed with a baseball bat.

Channel 11’s Dave Bondy said Comport and the neighbor used the bat to beat Pistorius and keep him at bay until officers arrived.

“There was blood splattered everywhere from the fight. It was all over my deck because we fought through the door. The whole dining room was turned upside-down,” Comport said.

Pistorius said he was at the home to purchase drugs and was beaten by the homeowner and neighbor when he didn’t have enough money to pay.

Pistorius was transported to UPMC Mercy Hospital to be treated for injuries. It was not immediately clear what charges may be filed.