Pittsburgh Man Waives Hearing in Costco Incident
Kenneth Dusch damaged merchandise in the store and charged at employees, according to the criminal complaint.
A Pittsburgh man will be formally arraigned July 31 for an incident last summer in which he threatened employees at the Costco in Cranberry and damaged merchandise inside the store.
Kenneth Joseph Dusch, 50, of 15th Street, waived his June 22 preliminary hearing before District Judge David Kovach in Cranberry.
He was charged with disorderly conduct while engaged in fighting, criminal mischief, public drunkenness, and two counts of criminal trespass in the incident.
Cranberry police said officers were dispatched to the Costco in the Cranberry Square shopping plaza at about 6:30 p.m. July 14 for reports of a drunk and disorderly man inside the store.
According to the criminal complaint, Dusch made threatening statements to his girlfriend while inside the store. When Dusch’s girlfriend asked a Costco employee for help because she said Dusch was threatening her, Dusch—who was intoxicated, according to the complaint—grabbed the employee by the neck and pushed him against a coffee maker, knocking it to the ground.
When other employees approached to help, Dusch began running towards them in a threatening manager, the complaint said.
Video surveillance footage from the store also showed Dusch tripping and falling after attempting to chase one of the employees, according to the complaint.
Employees pushed Dusch towards the door after requesting him to leave several times, the complaint said. Along the way, Dusch purposely knocked over an easel and a dry erase board.
Once in the parking lot, Dusch picked up a shopping cart and threw it on the roof of his girlfriend’s car. Dusch also charged at an employee who attempted to calm him, the complaint said. Another employee who saw Dusch charge the first employee, pushed Dusch from behind, which caused Dusch to fall and land directly on his face, the complaint said.
The total restitution for the merchandise Dusch damaged in the store was valued at $803.45, the complaint said.