Richard Michael Seiwell, an 18 year-old Crestwood High School senior from Alberdeen Road, was arraigned before District Magisterial Justice Ronald W. Swank on Wednesday, May 15th, on multiple charges relating to bomb and poison threats in the Crestwood High School.
Wright Township Police Sergeant Scott Rozitski and Patrolman Brian Macko filed a total of 12 charges against the student stemming from incidents on April 18 and May 9. The Charges do not include a bomb threat discovered in the Middle School on May 8.
The teenager faces 2 Felony counts of Weapons of Mass Destruction –Threaten to Place or Set; 2 counts of Terroristic Threats; 2 counts of False Alarms to Agency of Public Safety; 1 count of False Report –Falsely Incriminate Another; 1 count of Intimidate a Witness/Victim; and two counts each of Vandalism of an Educational Facility, and Criminal Mischief.
As Judge Swank advised the defendant of the charges against him, Seiwell stood with his hands cuffed behind him. He respectfully addressed the justice as “Sir,” in contrast with the defiance exhibited during interviews according to court documents.
Wright Township authorities, in conjunction with District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis, and Crestwood High School Principal Chris Gegaris representing Superintendent David McLaughlin-Smith, urged the judge to confine the defendant until his Preliminary Hearing, set for Wednesday, May 22.
DA Salavantis stated, “Your Honorwe have a legitimate concern for the safety of our community.” She asked Gegaris to speak from his “first hand” experience with the young man. He reported, “Without question, the defendant is a threat to Crestwood High School, all of the people in it and the extended community around it.”
Wright Township Ptlm. Macko
See Arrested page 9