SWAT serves warrant at teen's house

March 12, 2008 10:46:47 AM PDT
Apex Police Chief Jack Lewis says he was so concerned about weapons he used the SWAT team to serve a search warrant at a high school student's home.

According to police, an investigator called the student's father and asked to interview the 17-year-old and search the house. After the father refused, SWAT served a search warrant at the home. They were looking for guns and bomb-making materials.

SWAT surrounded the house in Holland's Crossing Tuesday. Inside investigators confiscated an assault rifle and more than 50 boxes or ammunition.

"We take it seriously," Chief Lewis said. "That's the message."

The Chief is referring to threats and actions. Ryan Patrick Hare has already been cited for having a weapon on school property.

It was found in his SUV at Panther Creek High School in Cary.

According to the search warrant, it was a paint ball gun that may have been used to shoot a school bus last month. The driver of the bus had disciplined Hare.

Investigators say a witness told them Hare had threatened to blow up the bus.

The witness said they'd seen Hare shooting a 9 mm pistol and that he had access to his dad's assault rifle.

"We've got to be aggressive," Chief Lewis said. "And if we're ever going to err, we're going to err on the side of protecting the rest of the public."

Hare's neighbors say they're concerned -- so concerned no of them would talk on camera.

One of them reported Hare last year for brandishing a handgun and rifle and for sending threatening e-mails. Apparently Apex Police decided it was time to take action.

"I would much rather have any question about in my mind about whether I prevented something than to not be able to look at myself in the mirror and realize that I didn't act and I contributed to a horrible consequence," Lewis said.

The warrant also says Apex investigators were told Hare had a copy of a bomb-making manual on his computer. They confiscated the computer and say the investigation is not over.

Hare's father wouldn't comment Tuesday afternoon except to say he was consulting an attorney.


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