Co South student arrested for making terroristic threats
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.
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.