Glen Hazel man arrested at Steelers game, accused of trying to bribe police
Pittsburgh police arrested a Glen Hazel man at the Steelers game Sunday at Heinz Field and accused him of knocking a woman unconscious with a steel barrier and later trying to bribe officers to let him go.
A district judge Monday set bond for Stephen Sapp, 29, at $10,000. He remained in the Allegheny County Jail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 12.
About 8:50 p.m. Sunday, about 20 minutes after kickoff in the Steelers-Ravens game, Heinz Field security notified city police of a man being disorderly and refusing to leave stadium property, according to a criminal complaint.
Officers said they saw an apparently intoxicated Sapp screaming and causing a scene outside Gate C. When asked to stop, Sapp refused. Several plainclothes officers intervened, but Sapp began pushing and throwing steel dividers “in a dangerous, disorderly manner,” the complaint states.
Sapp then kicked a steel barrier, forcing it off the ground. The barrier struck a woman sitting nearby in the head and face, knocking her unconscious, the complaint stated.
Police said an officer took Sapp to the ground face-first when he resisted arrest. He struggled with four officers before he was handcuffed. Officers said they smelled alcohol on Sapp, who had bloodshot eyes and slurred his speech.
Medics transported the injured woman to Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side. Police took Sapp to UPMC Mercy to have cuts and scratches on his face and head treated.
“Listen, I know how this works,” the complaint said Sapp told officers in the Uptown hospital. “How much money will it take to make this go away and to let me go home today?”
The officers told Sapp that he should not attempt to bribe them. He also told them he was a federal employee.
“I can help you in other ways if you let me go home and make this go away,” the complaint stated Sapp told officers.
Officers later transferred Sapp to the county jail, where police said he again offered money in exchange for his release. Sapp is charged with felony bribery, improper influence and aggravated assault as well as defiant trespassing, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.