Man Pulls Down Jogger’s Shorts to Sexually Assault Her, Instantly Regrets It

A deputy U.S. marshal was jogging down a trail in the North Side of Pittsburgh when a 19-year-old male attacked her and tried to pull down her pants. This is according to court documents released on Wednesday.

According to the Pittsburgh police, the marshall had Robert Flynn, 19 backed into a corner when they caught up with the pair.

Mr. Flynn was being held in the Allegheny Count Jail with a $500,000 bail. The charges he face are aggravated assault, escape, indecent assault and providing a false identification to law enforcement.

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The woman told Pittsburgh police she was running on a trail near River Avenue when she passed Mr. Flynn. When she was about 10 feet ahead of him, he decided to run behind her, placed his hand on her buttocks, then pulled down her running shorts, exposing her buttocks, according to a criminal complaint.

The marshal told police she pulled up her pants and chased after Mr. Flynn, screaming, “Federal marshal! Stop!” and asking people nearby to call 911. She followed him to a staircase behind an apartment building in the 100 block of Anderson Street and again told him to stop because she was a marshal, police said.

Mr. Flynn, who is 6 feet, 4 inches tall, “attempted to charge” at the marshal, who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, according to the complaint. Police said the woman “feared that Flynn was going to assault her again” so she kicked him in the crotch, grabbed him by the shoulder and punched him in the face.

About that time, Pittsburgh police arrived and asked Mr. Flynn for his name. They said he initially provided them with an incorrect last name and when asked whether he would tell them his version of events said, “I plead the fifth,” according to the complaint.

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Mr. Flynn did not suffer any injuries and the woman hurt her left pinkie. There is a preliminary hearing scheduled for next Thursday.