Cell phone records sought in Franklin Regional stabbings

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Investigators are seeking records from two cell phones belonging to family members of Alex Hribal, and one found in his locker, to determine whether he made threatening calls on those devices the night before the April knife attack he is accused of carrying out at Franklin Regional High School.

Westmoreland County Detective Robert Weaver wrote in a search warrant affidavit filed Monday that investigators hope to review information on those phones from April 4 to April 11. Alex, 16, is charged with slashing or stabbing 20 students and a security guard with two kitchen knives at the Murrysville school before the start of classes the morning of April 9.

Two students told police they received threatening phone calls the night before the attack, and one identified the caller as possibly being Alex, police said.

Investigators seized Alex's cell phone, which they found in a backpack inside his locker, the day of the attack. Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck today said investigators examined that phone but are now seeking records from Verizon Wireless.

Mr. Peck declined to say which family members' phone records detectives are seeking.

The teen is charged as an adult with 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, and a count of having a weapon on school property.

Last week, defense attorney Patrick Thomassey filed a motion asking Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. to consider allowing the teen to move to a facility for mental health treatment. He continues to "deteriorate" in the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center, where he has been held since his arrest, Mr. Thomassey wrote in the motion.

A hearing on that matter has not been scheduled.


First Published July 1, 2014 12:00 AM

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