Teen Charged After Alleged Attacks In Lawrence Co.

By: Ralph Iannotti

SHENANGO TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A teenager from Pottsville was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly attacked three employees at a development center in Lawrence County.

According to State Police, the incident happened at the Youth Developmental Center in Shenango Township Monday night.

Robert Pruden, 19, allegedly lunged at one of the employees with a utility knife and cut him three times on the neck and left arm.

State Police said the incident happened late Monday night in one of the cottages at the site. Pruden allegedly refused to follow instructions from staffers to retire for the night.

He is now being held in the Lawrence County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Bob Zarilla, President of AFSCME Local 2353, represents more than 100 YDC workers. He told KDKA TV’s Ralph Iannotti that the incident underscores a serious problem at the juvenile home.

“We’ve seen an increase in staff assault, because of policies that YDC has implemented. We are not being allowed to hold kids accountable for their actions. We’ve had staff being spit on, bit, punched, and kicked,” Zarilla said.

The facility houses delinquent young people up to 21-years-old, that are viewed by the courts as juveniles.

Pruden is now being charged as an adult.


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  • ianmoone

    another product of the welfare system

  • Anonymous

    this punk twink is goona find out how tough he really is when he gets to the big house, hope he knows what ky is used for.

    • Little Weasel

      The little dweeb needs a haircut,too

  • Paul

    Just throwing this out there – as corrupt as we’ve seen some jails (Allegheny County, etc.), how can we be sure that what the guards said occurred truly did? Perhaps this kid was fighting in self defense. I am in no way defending him, I’m just saying that it’s not always what the media tells us. Just like those morons who stole a limo yesterday from a group home, from what people commented, that youth home is in disaray. I have learned not to take anyone’s “word” for anything, because frankly, the day of your word being your bond has gone by the wayside.

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