PENN HILLS (KDKA)- A man is behind bars, accused of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl in Penn Hills.
Richard Ostrosky, 62, was arrested and faces several charges, including trying to lure a child and resisting arrest.
The victim says a white man with a bushy beard tried to grab her along Chaske Street in Penn Hills. She said the suspect was driving a black, Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. There was also a man in the passenger seat.
The victim says Ostrosky lunged out of the vehicle in an attempt to grab her. She was able to run to her home, where the driver yelled at her “come here.” When the teen got home, she told her mom what happened. At that time, the mother called 911.
Police later located the black pickup truck near the corner of Aber and Grove Roads.
The truck was being driven by a man who matched the victim’s description. Police pulled the truck over, while the victim and her mother were brought to the scene. They positively identified the vehicle and the man inside.
At that time, police attempted to arrest Ostrosky, but he pulled away from the officer. As a result, the officer to physically stop him from fleeing the scene.
“I thank God everyday he let my baby get away and she’s safe and they caught him,” the teen’s mom said.
Ostrosky’s driving privileges were found to be under suspension for DUI.
“She was very lucky, but the luck came with her experience and what she was raised with through her mother,” Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton said.
The teen’s mom says she talked to her daughter about stranger danger when she was 2-years-old.
“We had a code word and we still have a code word,” the girl’s mother said.
Police say it’s important to teach their kids these things at a young age.
“Parents have to talk with their children. Not when they’re 14 or 15, but when they’re a younger child,” Chief Burton said.
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