News » Incidents
Alleged Highland Park shooter once tried to commit suicide, then threatened to “kill everyone” in his house, and a few months later he hid a huge cache of knives – and yet after that he was able to legally purchase rifles and pistols, authorities said.
Authorities have determined that Robert Crimo, 21, legally purchased at least five firearms – including the AR-15 rifle he allegedly used in Monday's massacre.
In 2019, the police were called to Crimo's home after receiving a report that he had attempted suicide the week before.
Officers spoke to Crimo and his parents, but the matter was under the jurisdiction of mental health professionals at the time, Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Group, told a news conference.
no action was taken by law enforcement agencies. It was a mental health issue handled by professionals,” Covelli said.
Months later, in September 2019, a concerned family member told police that Crimo had threatened to kill his relatives.
< br /> “A family member reported that Crimo said he was going to kill everyone and that Crimo had a collection of knives,” Covelli said.
“The police came to his house and seized Crimo 16 knives, a dagger and a sword,” he said.
According to Covelli, at that time there were no sufficient grounds for arresting Crimo, since none of his relatives had signed a complaint about the incident.
He also noted that the confiscated firearms were acquired by the suspect in 2020 and 2021 – after the 2019 incident in which knives were seized from him.
Follow us on Telegram