PITCAIRN (KDKA) — A man is in custody after allegedly trying to lure a 10-year-old boy into his apartment in Pitcairn.
Brad Stanek, 35, allegedly walked behind the boy, who was on his scooter, according to police. The boy was heading home after stopping at Taza’s Market.
Police say that Stanek asked the boy if he wanted to come inside his apartment and the boy declined.
When he was declined, Stanek allegedly said, “Are you sure, I have some cool things inside.” Police say this led the boy to run home and tell his parents, who then alerted authorities.
Police interviewed the boy about the incident and he showed them the building that Stanek entered after the incident occurred.
Stanek was described as having numerous tattoos, bruising and swelling of his left eye and scratches to the left side of his face. When police asked him what had happened, he immediately said, “I’m not a pedophile.”
Police say they hadn’t even told Stanek why they were there. They then interviewed both the boy and Stanek. Stanek claimed he was trying to help the boy after he “saw a boy wreck on his scooter.”
Police determined that Stanek’s claim was false after checking the boy for scratches and cuts that would indicate a crash and seeing no evidence of one.
Officers then watched surveillance videos back at the Pitcairn Police Station that were obtained from two other sources.
A warrant was issued for Stanek’s arrest and he was taken into custody.
Pitcairn resident William Rose said this is a parent’s worst nightmare.
“Somebody ever tried to take one of mine, I’m gonna lose it. I wouldn’t know what to do,” said Rose. “I love my kids to death. I’d do anything for them.”