CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– Two teenagers are being charged as adults in relation to an investigation of a security breach at the Westmont Hilltop School District.
Cambria County District Attorney Greg Neugebauer said in a press release that Logan Pringle, 17, of Conemaugh Township, faces felony charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and also a charge of attempt to commit aggravated assault.
Preston Hinebaugh, 16, of Upper Yoder Township, faces felony charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit criminal trespass along with a misdemeanor charge of possession of a firearm by a minor.
On Friday, Cambria County Detectives and police served multiple search warrants at the 100 block of Forest Edge Drive, Upper Yoder Township where officials found an AR-15 from Hinebaugh’s residence, according to a search warrant.
Two days prior, on Dec. 8, police say multiple witnesses saw Pringle at the school which he’s court-ordered to not be allowed there. He was in the building after Hinebaugh helped let him in and both were seen on security cameras checking out cameras and locations. Pringle then dropped Hinebaugh off at school the next day. Hinebaugh also posted to his Snapchat “story” of a photo of Pringle in the school with the caption “He’s back” over it.
When police interviewed Hinebaugh, he reportedly told them how Pringle was “obsessed” with guns and would make parts at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center. He added that Pringle wasn’t allowed at his house because he fired a shotgun into a wall.
Hinebaugh also told police that he had an AR-15 and a 30-30 rifle that his parents didn’t know about in his room.
“Recent events, including this one, must serve as a reminder that we all should remain alert to protect ourselves and those around us,” District Attorney Neugebauer said in a press release. “All threats to the safety of our schools and institutions will be thoroughly and swiftly investigated, and all incidents will be taken seriously. Students are reminded to use Safe2Say, call the police, and/or communicate with a trusted adult when they say or hear something alarming. “
Both Pringle and Hinebaugh were taken into custody without incident and are currently lodged in Cambria County Prison awaiting preliminary arraignment. The Cambria County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the cases.
The investigation is ongoing.