PENN HILLS, Pa. - Authorities arrested a man police said tried to abduct a 14-year-old girl in Penn Hills Tuesday night.
According to police, a teenage girl was walking home along Chaske Street just after 5 p.m. when a black Chevrolet truck pulled up to her.
Police said two men were inside the truck, and the driver, who police later identified as 62-year-old Richard Ostrosky, jumped out of the truck and tried to grab the girl.
The girl took off running for her home, and police said Ostroksy yelled for her to “come here.”
Police said they caught up with him minutes later.
Ostrosky was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping of a minor and driving under a suspended license.
Police said they do not believe the passenger in the truck had any involvement with the attempted abduction.
On Thursday, Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski spoke with the girl’s mother, who had some strong words for Ostrosky.
“I want to choke him,” she said. “I want him buried under the jail, that’s what I want.”
The girl’s mother said she’s hoping Ostrosky is punished severely.
“He’s a scumbag. That’s how I feel about him and I hope he gets the longest jail sentence he can possibly get,” she said.
A woman who was sitting on Ostrosky’s front porch Thursday told Kaminski she doesn’t think he’s the type of person who would go after a child.
“I don’t believe he did it,” she said. “He’s a good guy. He never hurt anybody.”
After further investigation, Channel 11 News uncovered Ostrosky has been arrested several times in the past, including charges of arson, assault and DUI.
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