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Police ask for Hribal's cellphone records

| Monday, June 30, 2014, 11:38 p.m.

The cellphone records of the teen accused of wounding 21 people during a stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School are being sought by authorities, according to a search warrant.

The warrant filed on Monday seeks the records of two unspecified family members of Alex Hribal, 16, who is charged with wounding 20 students and a security guard just before the start of classes on April 9.

Officials are trying to determine whether Hribal made threatening phone calls or communicated in any other way before the attack, said Westmoreland County Detective Robert Weaver in an affidavit seeking the search warrant.

District Attorney John Peck declined to name the two family members whose phone records are being sought, but Weaver said Hribal may have had access to those phones. Peck said officials notified Verizon Wireless shortly after the stabbings that the phone records should be preserved for 90 days.

Hribal has been charged as an adult. His cellphone was seized from his locker the day of the attack.

His attorney, Patrick Thomassey, could not be reached.

Investigators hope to use information gleaned from the phone records to determine the validity of reports Hribal may have called or used the Internet to communicate with others prior to the attacks.

Thomassey filed a motion on Friday to have his client moved from the Regional Youth Services Center in Hempfield to Adelphoi Village in Derry Township to receive inpatient mental health treatment. A psychologist has diagnosed Hribal with a depressive disorder and schizophrenia, according to the motion.

A hearing on the matter has not been scheduled.

Hribal is being held without bond on 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, and one count of possession of a weapon on school property.

Police have not discussed a motive for the attacks. Thomassey has suggested Hribal was bullied.

Police found a handwritten note in Hribal's locker dated three days before the attack that expressed dissatisfaction with school and society, and his plans to hurt his classmates, according to court papers. The note was titled “RAGNAROK,” the name for a final battle preceding the end of the world in Norse mythology.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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