Scottdale man charged with vandalizing Pitt restroom
A Scottdale man is not welcome on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where he allegedly vandalized a restroom last month.
Robert William King, 55, of 414 Brook St., is charged with causing similar damage at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus, on the same night.
“He cannot return, or he can be arrested on sight,” Dale A. Blasko, chief of the Pitt-Greensburg police department, said on Monday. “This was our first contact with Mr. King, and hopefully, it is our last.”
King, who does not appear to be enrolled in either school, visited both campuses on Dec. 12, causing about $650 worth of damage over several hours, security officers said.
Penn State Fayette security officer Scott Williams confirmed an “incident” is under investigation by state police.
Charges of institutional vandalism and criminal mischief were filed against King with North Union District Judge Wendy Dennis.
In a criminal complaint, Trooper Robert Reitler said graffiti was found on a men's bathroom stall in the Biomedical Building. The graffiti mentioned a specific person, who told police King had issues in the past with that person's father.
During an interview at King's home, Reitler said, King said he “commits similar incidents when he gets angry.”
“He said he was (expletive) off and it was better than committing an act of violence,” Reitler wrote.
Damage from “various ramblings,” scrawled with indelible marker and spray paint, amounted to $500, according to police.
Pitt-Greensburg police filed a summary charge of criminal mischief against King with Hempfield District Judge James Falcon.
Blasko said King was among visitors attending a basketball game in Chambers Hall.
He said several men reported that one of the restroom stalls “had a tremendous amount of writing on the interior.”
Campus police reviewed security video and the graffiti, which led them to contact state police at Uniontown, Blasko said.
“We learned they had a report of a similar complaint. We compared notes,” he said.
Blasko declined to elaborate on the words written with the marker.
Damage was estimated at $150 to repaint the stall.
King faces a preliminary hearing on March 13 before Dennis on the Penn State charges.
He can request a hearing before Falcon to contest the charge, or he can elect to pay a fine.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Three teens injured in one-vehicle crash in Hempfield
- 3 injured as crash ties up Route 22 in Salem for nearly 8 hours
- St. Vincent professor, students use interviews for drug addiction data
- Mt Pleasant police officer assaulted while making arrest
- Mt. Pleasant Borough’s ‘Party in the Park’ to be held Friday, July 3
- Hempfield Area balances budget with 1.79-mill tax increase
- Route 119 ramp to Route 819 to be closed in July
- Hempfield dentist-turned-missionary-turned-author offers advice for youths
- Last barrier to Monsour Medical Center demolition about to fall
- Hempfield man pleads guilty in crime spree in North Huntingdon, Jeannette, Unity
- North Huntingdon man, 76, pleads guilty to assault on student