BETHEL PARK (KDKA) — A man is in custody after a woman and her 3-year-old child were forced from their Bethel Park home on Monday.
They were abducted around 10:30 a.m. from their home on Prescot Drive.
Officers responded to the home after a 911 call and hang-up. Upon arrival, officers discovered that there had been forced entry into the home and the woman and child were missing.
According to police, the incident started when Brian Celovsky, 30, became angry with his child’s mother. Celovsky was reportedly upset because she spoke with South Strabane Police about a retail left he was allegedly involved in on Saturday.
On Monday, he showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s house on Prescot Drive with a U-Haul. She told police he demanded to come in and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
As he forced his way into the house, she grabbed the child, ran to the basement and called 911.
“A woman appeared to be distressed before the phone disconnected,” said Bethel Park Police Chief Timothy O’Connor.
The criminal complaint says Celovsky beat the woman with a phone, which caused her to bleed.
Later, Celovsky put the child in the U-Haul with the mother and headed toward his home in West Mifflin. He said his only option was to kill her and the child.
When he got out at a gas station, she was able to get behind the wheel and fled toward Lebanon Church Road. At a car dealership, she was able to flag down an ambulance. The woman and child were taken to the hospital and are expected to be okay.
“The actions on her part saved her and also the child from further harm,” Chief O’Connor said.
As for Celovsky, he surrendered at his home around 10 p.m. He is facing a list of charges, including assault and kidnapping.
He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.