William Michael Durci
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New Kensingon, Pa. – Collaborative and diligent investigations with supportive efforts from several local police departments and community businesses is what helped lead New Kensington Police to make an arrest of a Creighton man Tuesday morning.
New Kensington police arrested William Michael Durci, age 44 of 120 Ferry Street in Creighton and charged him with 2 counts of Criminal Attempt, one count of Impersonating A Public Servent, and one count of Lure Child Into A Motor Vehicle. Durci is suspected of luring and attempted kidnap of a 15 year old girl as she walked home from a tutoring session in Arnold.
The child luring incident occurred on November 3, 2014 when New Kensington Law Enforcement Officer Phil Huth was requested to respond to the New Kensington Police station and meet with a female complainant in reference to a harassment case. Officer Huth arrived and spoke with the female victim and her mother. The victim advised Officer Huth that she had left her friends house earlier in the evening in Arnold after tutoring.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim walked down Ridge Avenue and crossed Constitution Boulevard near the YMCA when she noticed a (possible) silver Chevrolet Impala with a white male inside passing by her multiple times. The victim stated that the male asked her how old she was and told the male she was only 15 years old and to leave her alone. The male asked her “wanna mess around?” The victim stated the male passed her at least five more times and he subsequently stated, “I’m a cop, I want to keep you safe, you need to get in”.
The victim described the male as average weight, approximately 175 pounds, unknown facial hair, dirty blonde, medium length hair cut to above his ears and possibly in his late 30’s. The vehicle was described as a (possible) silver in color, Chevrolet Impala, possibly early 2000’s model with no distinctive markings. The victim was not able to get a license plate number however the victim was able to obtain video by utilizing her iPhone.
The case was forwarded to the City of New Kensington Police Department Detective Division and picked up by Detective Sgt. Robert Deringer. Detective Deringer was able to view video from 3 different business establishments in New Kensington and one other video source near the 9th Street bridge. Det. Deringer pieced together the path of the suspects vehicle as it eventually made a right hand turn at the end of the 9th Street bridge and headed towards East Deer. East Deer Police Chief John Manchini was contacted by Det. Deringer for video information that might be available from his side of the bridge in East Deer. After further review of the bridge video, Chief Mangini subsequently provided two additional sources of video information that became available in East Deer. Det. Deringer was able to track the path of the described vehicle to a location in Creighton.
On Thursday November 20, Detective Deringer was driving through Arnold when he found a 2001, 4 door Chevy Impala that fit the video descriptive information taken from all the surveillance cameras. Police ran the registration plate and the owner of the vehicle came back to a residence in Creighton. This was the last place Detective Deringer observed the suspect’s vehicle that was provided by a business in East Deer.
By December 4, police received three still photographs via email; two of which were from the cell phone footage the victim recorded. The victims mother was able to get a photo of the suspect from an earlier drive by in Arnold when she engaged the suspect as he was exiting the suspect vehicle. Those images showed police distinctive markings on the vehicle that matched markings on surveillance video from multiple locations.
William Durci was taken into custody and confessed on Tuesday morning. He was subsequently arraigned by the Honorable Frank Pallone, District Magistrate Court 10-1-05. Durci faces the following charges: Criminal Attempt Kidnapping of a Minor, Criminal Attempt False Imprisonment, Impersonating A Public Servant and Lure Child Into Motor Vehicle
Durci is being held in the Westmoreland County Jail in lieu of posting $50,000 straight bond. The Lower Burrell Police Department also assisted in the investigations.