Search warrant: Firearms, crossbows seized after Skyline bomb threat

Authorities with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office seized hundreds of items including firearms, ammunition and communications devices in a search of the residence of a juvenile accused of making bomb threats against Skyline High School last week.

According to an affidavit filed with the search warrant, the 16-year-old suspect had researched how to build carbon dioxide bombs on the internet and had told several people he planned to set five of them off at five separate locations within Skyline High School on either Feb. 9 or Feb. 13.

Investigators with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office became aware of the situation Feb. 8 and executed a search that day at the suspect’s residence, 1937 Gafia Lodge Road in Middletown.

Sheriff’s deputies seized 128 items from the juvenile’s residence. Among them were several pistols, shotguns, rifles, crossbows, boxes of ammunition, stray rounds, laptops, Xbox systems and hard drives, cellphones, carbon dioxide containers, BB guns, firecrackers, paintball guns and other items.

Lt. Gordon Foster of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said the items were taken from throughout the house and did not necessarily all belong to the juvenile or have any connection to the threat.

Foster did not return a request for further comment.

The teen was charged Feb. 8 with making threats to bomb a building. No explosives were found in the school after a subsequent search and evacuation.

According to the search warrant, the items were seized in relation to a possible additional charge of manufacturing, possessing or using fire bombs or explosive materials or devices.

The student is being held at the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Winchester and is scheduled to appear in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for a bond hearing March 2.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com