Man claiming to be missing Timmothy Pitzen has extensive criminal record

CHICAGO  — The man accused of claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen is not 14 years old. He is Brian Rini, 23, and has an extensive criminal record in northeast Ohio.

Police in Ohio said Thursday they are very familiar with Rini. He was released from prison March 7.

In 2017, Rini reportedly threw a party in inside a $400,000 Ohio home that was for sale. Rini told neighbors he planned to buy the house and was going to throw a big party that night.

Police chief Tim Sopkovich said videos on Facebook showed Rini inside the home saying, “We're going to party. Bring your own drugs."

Police said Rini and friends trashed the home and had no intention of ever moving in.

He was charged with burglary and vandalism and went to prison in January 2018.

In March 2019, he was released and on probation. Now, less than a month later, authorities said Rini  pretended to be Pitzen, a boy who had been missing since 2011.

Police records show Rini has been in trouble before for walking out on bar tabs, passing bad checks and making false alarms with police.

Officials said Thursday he was being psychologically evaluated. It’s not the first time his competency has been evaluated. In 2013 in Medina County, Ohio, officials evaluated his mental condition and his competency to stand trial.

They found he was of sound mind, but the police chief in the county told reporters they have fielded numerous calls about Rini over the years that suggest he might be suffering from mental illness.

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