Woman in PNC Park brawl says she’s sorry
A Westmoreland County woman accused with her father of assaulting a PNC Park security guard and several police officers said she regrets the incident but declined to give her side of the story in an interview beside her lawyer on Thursday.
“I’m very sorry that this happened,” said Rachel George, 21, of Hempfield. “I wish that it never had happened.”
George made the brief statement alongside her mother, Amy, and her lawyer, Phil DiLucente, at the attorney’s Downtown office. Her father, Christopher George, 50, was not present.
Pittsburgh police charged Rachel and Christopher George with aggravated assault, conspiracy, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in Saturday’s incident at a Pirates game. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
Police and court documents said Pirates security supervisor Joseph Risher was escorting Rachel George out of the stadium for allegedly smoking in her seat when her boyfriend, whom police have not identified, attacked Risher and ran off. Rachel George then jumped on Risher’s back, and her father pushed the two of them against a section of temporary fencing outside the players’ garage exit, authorities said.
Risher’s left middle finger got caught in the fence and was mostly torn off in the struggle. Doctors that night reattached the finger at Allegheny General Hospital, and although Risher will be unable to work until at least the end of May, he is expected to regain full use of the finger, Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said.
Risher declined to comment.
Off-duty police officers working at the park took the Georges to the security office, where there was more struggling. Police said Rachel George spat on, cursed at and kicked officers while they attempted to make her sit and put her in an holding cell, and Sgt. Sean Duffy injured himself striking her in the face.
DiLucente declined to comment on most of the allegations but emphasized that the family was leaving the park “cooperatively” until the fighting started at the gate.
He disputed the public drunkenness charge for Rachel George, and said she had not taken a breath test or had her blood drawn for testing. On the conspiracy charge — a felony because it was related to the assault — he countered that there was no discussion or plan for the fighting.
“There was no plan or scheme,” DiLucente said. “This was an emotional incident.”