CLEVELAND — A Cuyahoga Falls man pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in U.S. Sixth District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Friday morning in connection with allegations that he planned to set off an explosive device at Cuyahoga Falls High School and made threats against a Kansas Elementary School.
Noah Munyer, attorney for 18-year-old Allen M. Kenna, said Friday that the U.S. Marshal’s Service took custody of Kenna from Summit County Jail that morning and moved him to the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.
"We reserve the right to argue detention later, but at this point he’s going to be held without bond," Munyer said.
A March 16 pretrial hearing is scheduled in the chambers of Chief Judge Patricia A. Gaughan.
A federal grand jury indicted Kenna on charges of attempted use of an explosive device and interstate communication of threats.
"Obviously it’s a serious case and we’re taking it seriously," Munyer said. "His family is supporting him.
"We understand everyone’s concerned about this," Munyer added. "We’re taking it seriously and he’s going to get the help he needs."
A Cuyahoga Falls High School custodian reported seeing Kenna Jan. 6 walking around the building after hours and using a cell phone to take pictures. When approached, Kenna reportedly fled. He was identified from images taken by school security cameras, and it was determined he was not a student at the school.
According to a complaint filed in federal court, police later executing a search warrant of Kenna’s Monroe Avenue home found items usable for producing an explosive device. Kenna was arrested and charged Jan. 9 in Stow Municipal Court with third-degree felony making a terroristic threat and misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
"The state charges will be dismissed," Munyer said.
The federal complaint states Kenna allegedly produced additional videos at the school during other after-hours visits. In one of those, Kenna allegedly talked about placing an explosive device below a window as a diversion from the "real target." In an electronic diary the complaint says police found, Kenna allegedly wrote he had been thinking for years about committing violence against others, including random people in public and family members, and that he knew someone who could provide him with guns.
Kenna is also charged with making threatening communications to a Kansas elementary school. It is alleged he called the Fort Riley, Kansas, Sheriff’s Office and claimed he was holding a hostage inside of the school and that he would injure any person attempting to enter the school in response to this threat.
Editor’s note: Reporter Phil Keren contributed to this story.
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