LIMA — The teen who allegedly threatened Elida with gun violence in June appeared in court Wednesday for a hearing concerning two motions to suppress evidence in his case.
Tristan Ascura, 19, of Lima, was arrested June 7 after four Elida High School students reported alleged threats the teen made about how he would “shoot it up” when school was back in session. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reports and took Ascura into custody at his uncle’s home in Lima, where deputies discovered an AR-15 rifle and 500 rounds of 5.56 caliber ammunition.
The teen was charged with one count inducing panic, a second-degree felony, and one count making terrorist threat with a firearm specification, a third-degree felony.
Ascura’s attorney, William Kluge, filed a motion to suppress the seizure of the firearm and ammunition because Ascura stayed at a home owned by an uncle, Mandy Beltram, when sheriff’s deputies took him into custody. Beltram only speaks Tagalog, a language specific to the Philippines, where he is from, and Kluge said it isn’t clear if deputies were given permission to enter the residence at the time the firearm and ammunition were discovered.
Kluge requested a court-provided translator fluent in Tagalog so Beltram could testify and clear up the question of consent.
A motion to suppress certain statements made was also brought up during the hearing, though Kluge didn’t go into details of what statements he wanted suppressed.
Kluge requested a continuance, which Allen County Common Pleas Judge David Cheney granted. No date or time for the next hearing was set as of Wednesday.
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