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Police seized computers, video games, knife block from teen's home [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette :: ]
[April 14, 2014]

Police seized computers, video games, knife block from teen's home [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette :: ]

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) April 14--Investigators have seized computers, video games and a wooden knife-holder missing two kitchen knives from the home of the Murrysville teenager accused in the Franklin Regional Senior High School knife attack that injured more than 20 students last week.

The items seized were listed in a search warrant inventory released today Detective Robert Weaver of the Westmoreland County Detective Bureau and Sgt. Charles Tappe of the Murrysville police department also wrote that two Franklin Regional students received "threatening phone messages and completed calls" from someone saying he was going to "[expletive] them up," the affidavit of probable cause showed.

Police had previously said they were looking into reports that the suspect, 16-year-old Alex Hribal, made one such call the night before the attacks.

Detectives believe Alex was that caller "because of the subsequent conduct of [the suspect] coming to school and attacking numerous individuals," they wrote in the affidavit.

Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey said this afternoon, "I don't know of those phone calls. I don't know where they came from. I assume that they'll trace those calls to some cell phone." Mr. Thomassey said Alex did not have a cell phone the night before the stabbings occurred, but he declined to say whether his client might have possessed a cell phone at other times.

"I don't know of him having any conversations with anybody," the night before the stabbings, Mr. Thomassey said of his client.

Detectives also wrote that "it is known that individuals who commit school violence electronically preserve writings concerning their motive and/or plans to commit the violence." The day of the attack, investigators seized numerous electronics including two computers, an iPod, an iPad, and more than 30 video games. Also collected were a piece of notebook paper with unspecified writing and the Chicago Cutlery wooden knife block.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944. Liz Navratil contributed to this story.

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