Pittsburgh man charged with burglary, stalking former prof



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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man has been charged with stalking and breaking into his former college professor's apartment, where police say he left a back pack containing a "book of destiny" detailing plans to attack and burglarize others.

Twenty-three-year-old Mustafa Al-Gasas faces a preliminary hearing March 10, after Wednesday's court appearance was postponed.

Pittsburgh police say someone broke into the apartment of 69-year-old Kerry Holzworth, who was the suspect's former biology professor at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg campus on Jan. 16.

Police say Holzworth startled the burglar, who fled, leaving behind the backpack, which was traced to Al-Gasas. Police also say the phone lines to the apartment had been cut.

Al-Gasas surrendered a week later and is now free on bond.

Defense attorney Bruce Carsia was not immediately available for comment, according to his secretary.

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