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17-Year-Old Charged With Robbing Distressed PNC Park Usher

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Pittsburgh police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection to the death of a PNC Park usher.

According to investigators, 58-year-old Michael Schacht apparently suffered a heart attack while driving home from the 14-inning Pirate game that ended on April 9.

While in distress, he pulled over in the 1800-block of Brighton Road. That's when a 17-year-old came upon him slumped over behind the wheel of his 2002 Hyundai Sonata.

"From what we understand, he knocked on the window," Pittsburgh Police Lt. Kevin Kraus said. "Mr. Schacht was apparently in distress. He was slumped over the console of his vehicle and at which time the 17-year-old opened the door, removed Mr. Schacht from the driver's seat, placed him on the ground, went through his pockets, stole his wallet and then proceeded to steal his vehicle and drive away."

Investigators believe Schacht was alive when the 17-year-old left him there. They believe that because they found blood at the scene and think his heart was still working at the time.

They say they don't have enough evidence to charge the teen with homicide.

Schacht's car was later found in the 300-block of Catoctin Way in Perry Hilltop on April 10.

The teenager was taken to the Shuman Detention Center on charges of robbery of a motor vehicle, robbery and two counts of theft.

Police aren't releasing his name because he's a juvenile and will not be charged as an adult.

Meantime, attorney and former Lawrence County District Attorney Matt Mangino joined KDKA Radio's Robert Mangino to discuss how the law handles these sorts of situations.


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