West Homestead man arrested for stabbing of cyclist in September

| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 3:06 p.m.

A man in jail on charges that he tried to burn down his parents' house admitted on Thursday that he chased down and sliced the neck of a cyclist who cursed at him and cut him off in traffic, Pittsburgh police said.

The cyclist said the traffic incident never happened, and he was the victim of an unprovoked attack.

Anthony James Scholl, 21, of West Homestead is charged with one count each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment stemming from the Sept. 5 knife attack of Colin Albright, 25, in the South Side. Scholl is accused of attacking Albright on the city steps leading up the South Side Slopes as he carried his bike.

Scholl told reporters to “get out of my way” as he was escorted from police headquarters by detectives James McGee and Harold Bolin. He did not answer questions.

Albright said he never swore at Scholl, didn't cut him off and didn't notice Scholl was following him until just before Scholl attacked him on the steps.

Albright said he was traveling across the Hot Metal Bridge when he left the bike path and rode onto a sidewalk along Water Street at a yellow traffic light, then turned onto Hot Metal Street. He said he didn't have a conversation with anyone and that Scholl's car would have been stopped on Hot Metal Street at the red light.

“It's not a relief for me in that ‘Oh, good — someone's going to pay for what happened to me,'” Albright said. “I'm just glad there's not a public safety threat out there anymore.”

Albright said his neck is mostly healed but that he's still in physical therapy for his shoulder wounds.

Police Lt. Kevin Kraus said detectives got a tip from West Homestead police when they released a warehouse surveillance video of the attacker walking up the city steps.

Based on that tip, Pittsburgh police seized Scholl's vehicle and arrested him at the Allegheny County Jail.

According to a police affidavit, Scholl told police he was driving his 2003 Dodge Stratus to the South Side to get something to eat when a bicyclist cut him off. Scholl followed the man to the city steps and got into a fight with him, saying he thought the man was going to hit him with his bike.

Scholl said he grabbed the bike and threw it and then took a small black folding knife from his pocket and stabbed the man in the neck. He told police that after the stabbing he noticed he had blood on his hands. Scholl said he ran down the steps, drove home and took a shower.

Scholl has been in jail since Oct. 9, when he was arrested on charges that he tried to burn down the house of his mother and stepfather.

According to a police affidavit, Scholl's mother told police her son has “psychological issues.” West Homestead police said Scholl told them that his parents “want to kill him and feed him to their pet alligator.”

Attorney Daniel Joyce, who represents Scholl on the arson case, said he would plead not guilty in that case and he found him to be respectful.

Joyce said he had not spoken to Scholl or his family about the stabbing charges.

“The acts he's alleged to have done would cause anyone to question his mental fitness,” Joyce said.

The same day as the stabbing, court records show, District Judge Thomas Torkowsky arraigned Scholl on charges that he lied when purchasing an AK-47 in July. Torkowsky released him on $10,000 unsecured bond, according to court records.

Scholl stated on his purchasing form that he didn't use marijuana, but admitted later that he was a regular user and that he owned a sawed-off shotgun, which is illegal, police said.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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