Co South stu­dent ar­rested for mak­ing ter­ror­is­tic threats

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Cary Beavers

NORTHAMP­TON TOWN­SHIP -A 14-year-old stu­dent is in cus­tody af­ter po­lice say he made ter­ror­is­tic threats against Coun­cil Rock High School South stu­dents and staff mem­bers. The school, which was sched­uled to close for hol­i­day break af­ter classes to­day, was closed Fri­day due to the threat.

The par­ent of an­other Coun­cil Rock South stu­dent alerted Northamp­ton Town­ship Po­lice about 5:45 p.m. Thurs­day to “ru­mors around school” that her child heard at school ear­lier in the day, ac­cord­ing to Northamp­ton De­tec­tive Sergeant Bill Klein.

Those ru­mors in­cluded threats made by the sus­pect to “bring guns and knives to school Fri­day” and “shoot and stab stu­dents and staff,” Det. Klein said. The de­tec­tive-sergeant also said the sus­pect had not tar­geted any par­tic­u­lar stu­dent or staff mem­ber.

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sus­pect’s home, Klein said po­lice “de­ter­mined the in­for­ma­tion to be cred­i­ble” and ar­rested him at 9:38 p.m. The stu­dent was charged with mak­ing ter­ror­is­tic threats and pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a mi­nor. Po­lice also took two of the sus­pect’s fam­ily mem­bers into cus­tody and charged them with of­fenses un­re­lated to the threats.

A search of the sus­pect’s home turned up var­i­ous knives and guns, in­clud­ing ma­chetes, swords and two func­tional, WWII vin­tage firearms, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

De­spite the fact that ru­mors had fil­tered around school, Det. Klein said he be­lieves the sus­pect was act­ing alone.

“We are quite con­fi­dent that the ju­ve­nile was alone and made the state­ments by him­self,” Det. Klein said. “We don’t be­lieve he was con­fid­ing in any­one.”

Klein said a sweep by ca­nine units from Bris­tol Town­ship, Ben­salem and iower Makefield po­lice de­part­ments came up empty on Fri­day.

The stu­dent re­mained in po­lice cus­tody as of noon on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to Klein.

Det. Klein said he was un­sure if the sus­pect had gone through an “in­take hear­ing,” a process sim­i­lar to a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for adults. Af­ter the hear­ing, which will de­ter­mine if the charges against the teen “prob­a­bly oc­curred,” Klein said he will be re­leased to an adult or re­main in po­lice cus­tody.

Po­lice said the two adults ar­rested at the sus­pect’s home Thurs­day night are sin­cent Mario Russo, 48, of Feasterville, who was charged with re­sist­ing ar­rest and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice, and iiz­a­beth Dono­hoe, 50, of Rich­boro, who was charged with pos­ses­sion of firearms, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

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