PNC Park Usher’s Family Wants Teen Tried As Adult

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The family of a PNC Park usher who was robbed as he was having a heart attack is reacting to news of an arrest in the case.

They want the 17-year-old suspect tried as an adult.

Police believe the teenager happened on 58-year-old Michael Schacht and instead of helping him, he allegedly took advantage of him and left him in the street to die.

The Schacht family released a statement Tuesday night:

“Our family has learned that a 17-year-old suspect has been arrested for this heartless tragedy. Although, we are appreciative of certain events disclosed, we are devastated to learn that it will be handled in the juvenile court system. We can only hope that truth will prevail and justice be served.”

The 17 year-old, whom police are not identifying, is charged with car theft and robbery. Police say there’s not enough evidence to charge him with homicide.

“My heart goes out to his family,” said Jennifer Rossman, a co-worker of Schacht’s at PNC Park. “He was a wonderful guy, and I really am going to miss him.”

Rossman says she actually talked with Schacht before police say he suffered an apparent heart attack while driving home.

“I gave him a hug and told him it was great to see him. And it really just choked me up to think of watching him walk away and never making it home to his family,” said Rossman.

Police say on the way home Schacht was in distress, stopped his car and they believe he was slumped over when the 17-year-old approached him, pulled him out of his car, stole his vehicle and left Schacht to die in the street.

Rossman said,” It’s a shame to steal from somebody and take his car and leave him the middle of the road to die. It’s just sickening!”

The teenager was taken to Shuman Detention Center.

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Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

  • servantoftruth

    A 12 year old will be tried as an adult but a 17 year old, who shold have done all he could to render aid, assistance and help, and did a truly monstrous thing worthy of many years in prison and a lifelong detestation, will be tried as a child. He did the deed of a heartless adult but our system (a lovely judge) soft-peddles his deeds and he will be treated with kid gloves and released on his own recognizance (probably). May God save our land and out sitizens, in spite of liberal judges.

  • johnny69

    what do you expect? Compassion from someone who lives off of the working man and is many baby daddy, raised with his hand outstretched for da welfare check?

  • Don

    Why can’t he be charged with depraved indifference? When he turns 21, he’ll be out there again doing the same thing. Here’s hoping he gets plenty of street justice while incarcerated.

  • Bob

    He is a black male that robbed a white man. He will get along fine with the other racist blacks in prison.

    “I let dat rayciss crakka die in da street, dawg.”

  • john

    typical fkn thug on welfare

  • Matthias

    Talk about racist morons, yeah you all above this reply… what the young man did was sickening, but to inject racist remarks into it is simply racism on your parts in reverse.

    • Karla

      Ok, this wasn’t a racial crime, and though I don’t possess a crystal ball, I believe that had Mr. Schacht been black and was left for dead by a white boy, there would be an outcry from the black community. We would have the NAACP, ACLU, Jesse Jackson, etc. calling it a racial crime and not giving up until he was charged and tried as an adult.

      • Matthias

        @ Karla,

        Maybe, maybe not. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

        And, you went away from the issue that I brought up and that is people are replying racist slurs on here and are cowards as they hide behind their computers.

        Not that if the crime were reversed in the color of one’s skin.

        That is not the issue.

    • Thomas J Duttine

      You tell me what this THUG did had no racial overtones?? You sir, need to wake up!!

      • Matthias

        I guess you were there, Thomas J?

        No, what he did had no racial overtones, unless you were there and heard him shout or state racial slurs.

        If the poor usher was black, the young criminal would have done the same thing.

        It strikes me funny how people can hide behind their computers and make racial slurs knowing that they are insulated from any real life rebuke.

  • autismmom

    what does it matter what color anyone is? what he did was wrong.

  • Mook

    What a POS… and like others have said, if the races were reversed there would be a HUGE outcry from the NAACP. I feel really bad for the family of the victim. This punk a$$ thug needs to be locked up in an adult prison. Do an adult crime serve it as an adult.
    It’s gonna be a looong summer.

  • SILLY2

    He’s wearing his pants in the prison style already. I hope he rots.

  • Simple Man

    It was black on white crime – again, and that rings of racism, whether intentional or not.. This is happening all too often, especially with the youth. If the black community doesn’t do something to guide these kids to a more positive lfe, then these young people are condemned. This is not a racial comment, but rather a fact.

    • Matthias

      @ Simple Man,

      Most crimes commited by blacks is black on black crimes, by far.

      I do agree about the young from the ghettos almost being condemned. However, upper-crust society wants to keep them that way.

      God forbid the day when blacks and minorities have true equal rights as the upper-crust whites (1% of the population that own over 90% of all the wealth) and try to obtain a piece of their pie.

      • Matthias

        17% of the population commits 80% of the crimes, so what? That stat doesn’t codemn any race, but a subculture in our society, which was created by the wealthiest of society to keep those 17% in their place.

        Why are not certain drugs legalized? Not because that it would lead to more drug use, oh no, but it would lead to having to deal with those poor and unfortunate people who make up the bottom rungs of society.

        Leave them in their poverty, is the wealthy’s motto.

        Save your hardcore rightwing nutjob beliefs for those who you sleep with, idiot.

      • Thomas J Duttine

        You want stats you bleeding heart…17% of the population commits 80% of the crime.. I am tired of hearing about RIGHTS. The Irish/Slavs/ Chinese/Plug in any ethnicity you like/ were oppressed in the past..They all recovered and became productive members of society save one.

  • no name

    This is pathetic! Our judicial system is a joke! I’m not racist but reading this makes me want to be. It’s a shame this family has to suffer and watch this punk ass get away with this. It’s a crime. Pittsburgh judicial system is a f’n joke

    • Matthias

      The “punkass” did not “get away” with this.

      Therefore, what you have stated is bullocks.

  • Eyes Wide Open

    Agree 100% with Mook. If the shoe was on the other foot, it would be an outright media frenzy. That’s what I love about double standards. We all soon forget about the Wilkensburg shooting at the McDonalds. All white people were gunned down in a diliberate racial shooting. Yet, magically, the media barely cared and there was little or no public outcry. I’ll bet half of you reading this need to Google just to make sure I’m not lying. Well here, let me save you the time:

  • ej

    This is a crime for sure. An underage male left another adult man to die when he could have helped him and perhaps he would have lived. It was his duty to call 911. Any younger child would have already known to do that because that is what we are taught, The fact that he overlooked his duty and decided to take advantage of the situation and rob this helpless man is beyong my understanding as a human being. For that he should be charged with a crime as an adult and the crime should be for the death of this man and robbing him, too.

    • Matthias


      Oh really, so you are saying that the young man commited the act of murder? He did not. The poor usher could have died even if the young man tried to help him.

      It is idiots like you that make me thankful for the judicial system.

      It was indeed a criminal act, but it was not murder.

      • Matthias


        That is not the point. The other person who replied suggested that the young man should be liable for murder. He did not commit murder.

      • MsCynic

        Yes, he ‘could have died’, but if he had gotten prompt medical attention he also may very well have lived! Irresponsible and reprehensible person should definitely be do adult time……

  • Mook

    Yeah.. there’s a newsflash huh? We never hear about darkies committing crimes.

    Unfortunately we hear about it everyday… something needs to change… starting with the upbringing of these SAVAGES!

    • Matthias

      You should have placed a comma after “STEAIL.” And, you are not even from the ghetto, so what is your excuse [rhetorical, so don’t answer]?

      Nope, not fat, but I have a huge fat thing that white women love, skinny little white boy… and you know what I mean by little – look between your legs. LOL

    • Matthias

      Go into the hood and tell those “savages” what you said here… yeah right. You’d pee your pants, coward.

      • Matthias

        Labels are created by the ignorant. So, Thomas, if you want to label someone as a “bleeding heart” or whatever, go ahead, ignoramus.


        Oh, by the way, it took Obama to finally bring down Osama. I like that. If Bush were in office, you rightwing whackos would be praising his name. ROFL!

      • Thomas J Duttine

        So you aren’t a “bleeding heart” you ARE part of the problem. A black racist.

      • Matthias

        Yeah, you are from a “rough” ghetto neighborhood alright, more like Mr. Rodger’s neighborhood, skinny little white boy. What’s the matter, did a black man stieal your girlfriend once? LOL

      • Mook

        I’m from Duquesne Matt…. pretty rough place. STFU

  • abncran

    Matty, It is obvious from your victim mentality posts that you are broke so the only “white women” you are getting are the fat ones… enjoy.

    • Matthias

      Yep, just like all those NBA players who have those fine blondes… yep, you are right. :D

  • Resident

    People wander why racism exists. Turn on the local news or open the paper. Everyday, young black men are committing some crime! Wheather it be black on black, white on white, or black/white on black white….ITS ALL WRONG! These thugs are not held accountable for their actions or they are given a slap on the wrist!

    • Matthias

      Yeah, right, Residen. Just black men are committing crimes, not white people or any other race of people at all. Laughable.

      Slap on the wrist? You mean like the countless people who commit serious crimes and are incarcerated for life? LOL

  • Jonesee

    Here’s a scenario. If a white person’s vehicle broke down, say, in Homewood, and a black person’s vehicle broke down, say, in Upper St. Clair, what do you think would be the outcome?

    • Matthias

      Well, let’s see Jonesee,

      The Upper St. Clair people are well-to-do and have a great tax base and excellent schools, while Homewood is downtrodden, poor tax base and poor schools, and more broken homes… yes, there are broken homes in the rich areas of Pgh, but they are well-to-do, in the ghetto, it is not that easy…

      So, what do you think?

      Let’s reverse it all.

      Black people were slaves and promised an EQUAL chance in the American Dream, but that was and still is a joke.

      And why?

      Because the white man is fearful of the black man and his “advanced” anatomy… yep, that is the reason back from the slave days when the white Europeans seen the naked black man couldn’t believe his size… then, they had to call them animals and savages to justify their own inadaquecies.

      As it still is today.

      • Kathy

        Well, Matthias, until that anatomy comment you sounded like an intelligent person. Everyone has an equal chance in the United States today. I know first-hand that a good education, hard work and perserverance is required to obtain the finer things in life.

      • MsCynic

        and thank you for confirming it would never be a discussion about advanced intelligence… I think you may have located the cause for the disparity of income…..

      • Matthias

        The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

      • MsCynic

        WOW, you are an idiot – seems your only focus is your ‘advanced anatomy?? It’s a shame it’s never advanced intelligence isn’t it???

  • Matthias

    Oh, and MsCynic… if you are a Ms., the truth could hurt so good, once you have it, you just can’t get enough. ;)

  • MsCynic

    What a sad little man you are…’s a shame you are such a joke.

    • Matthias

      Like you can really know someone from a blog? Too bad, the only sad little man is the one in your bedroom.

      • MsCynic

        interesting that you go to the most comfortable ‘base’ for your insults. As you said, like you can really know someone from a blog…..

  • 412

    At it’s core, this has nothing to do with race, but with a dispicable human being committing a dispicable act and there’s no way to argue that.

    • Matthias

      Indeed. 412 is right on.

  • Sonya

    Black people were slaves – that’s part of history, but don’t forget that it was their own people who sold them into slavery. Another way of looking at this is, with all of the genocide going on in Africa, perhaps the fact that your forefathers may have been slaves has given you an opportunity to live the American dream. Otherwise, you may still be in Africa and no telling what would happen to you.

    The Irish and Jews were also persecuted, but they aren’t living in the past and blaming anyone for their troubles. They are living in the present and using the gifts that God gave them to try and make life better for themselves and their families.

  • Matthias


    That is the biggest mistruth of all-time regarding the slave trade, but you may have learned it in a white institution, so I can’t really blame you for your ignorance.

    Yes, chieftains of African tribes would provide their prisoners of war to the Europeans, but they were prisoners, and they had no idea that the white dogs would treat those prisoners the way they did.

    As for the Irish and the Jews, that is a different matter all together.

    The white man put the black man in captivity and treated the black man as savages, all to protect their liilly white society and of course to keep those well hung black men away from their white wives while all the time forcing black women to have sex with them – the masters.

    Then, after slavery was over for, oh say, 70+ years, the South still was rampant with racism and the hanging of innocent black men and women.

    There are still parts of the south where it iis not safe for a black man to travel and attempt to eat or sleep.

    So, save your white supremecy speech for the other ignorant people like yourself.

  • Sonya

    Matthias – FYI – I grew up in the city and went to city schools. I also put myself through college so that I could better myself, and guess what, I did!

    • Matthias

      Good for you. Not everyone is going to fall by the wayside coming from the inner city… it is just that much more difficult, especially for the black male.

      • MsCynic

        I believe that is a very sad cop out. Work harder, apply yourself, use your intelligence………a stretch I realize. I have a very dear friend who comes from a family with 4 brothers & she and ALL of her brothers have masters degrees and are doing just fine above most of their ‘white’ peers. They came from a broken home, spent time in the projects until she was born, and she was raised in Beltzhoover…. She has stated on more than one occasion that this sort of statements set her community back YEARS!

  • Theresa

    Hey Matthias are you related to that puck???????

  • Theresa

    you are a bitter man and getting off the subject!!!

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