Convicted child predator with ‘substantial means’ on run from police

PITTSBURGH — A convicted child predator from the Pittsburgh area is on the run from the law.

Authorities said Mustafa Bazbaz has been on the run since Friday when he skipped out on his electronic monitoring.

In August, Bazbaz pleaded guilty and admitted to meeting a 15-year-old girl at a West Virginia hotel for sex. At the time Bazbaz was a commercial pilot with Republic Airways in Pittsburgh.

“The hunt for Mr. Bazbaz is unique in that he’s a trained pilot, he comes from a wealthy family with substantial means, he’s a convicted child predator, and he faces a lengthy prison sentence once he’s captured,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld.  “We need the public’s help to track him down before he harms anyone else.”

On Friday, Bazbaz was permitted to leave his home to attend a worship service but never returned and thus a warrant was issued for his arrest. Bazbaz, 28, has been on the run since Friday evening at approximately 6 p.m. He was last seen driving a silver Buick Century automobile with California license plate number 6YUTO65.