Teen wanted after slashing classmate’s face with knife and claw hammer found: police

Lincoln police are searching for 16-year-old Sarah Piccolo, who allegedly attacked another teen at their high school. Police provided no information about a possible reason for the attack.

Lincoln police are searching for 16-year-old Sarah Piccolo, who allegedly attacked another teen at their high school. Police provided no information about a possible reason for the attack.                               Police Handout/© Lincoln Police Department

Nebraska police say Sarah Piccolo dropped her weapons in the girl’s bathroom, the scene of the attack, and immediately fled Monday morning in a friend’s 1992 Buick Park Avenue. She was found Tuesday morning across state lines after Kansas authorities received a report of someone having car trouble.

(SOURCE)  A 16-year-old girl wanted in the brutal slashing of a classmate’s face in their high school bathroom has been found after a 24 hour run across state lines according to police.

Lincoln, Neb. police say Sarah Piccolo was located approximately four hours away in Kansas Tuesday morning after authorities there received a 10 a.m. report of someone having car trouble.

Then teen wanted in the attack of 17-year-old Ellen Kopetzky Monday morning was believed by police to have fled her school, Lincoln Pius X, in a friend’s Buick immediately after dropping her weapons.

She was discovered alone and taken into custody after being charged with 1st degree Assault and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony earlier Tuesday.

“She will be detained at a juvenile detention facility in Kansas until she can be transported back to Lancaster County,” said Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood in an email to the Daily News.

Sarah Piccolo's grandmother says she was completely astonished at the accusations, saying she was always ‘a quite girl.’

Sarah Piccolo’s grandmother says she was completely astonished at the accusations,

saying she was always ‘a quite girl.’  via Facebook/© Facebook

“It is up to the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office to determine whether she will be charged as an adult or juvenile,” she added.

Just after the 9:35 a.m. attack that hospitalied the teen’s alleged victim, a large survival knife and a claw hammer were recovered from the school’s bathroom, Police Capt. Jim Davidsaver told the Journal Star.

Kopetzky underwent surgery Monday at Bryan West to treat multiple injuries from the attack and is said to be recovering with family.

 Police said the teen had keys to a friend’s Buick which was believed to have aided in her escape after its owner later found it missing from the school parking lot.

A reason for the attack was not released by police and Pius X Superintendent Fr. Jim Meysenburg told 1011Now they know of no prior trouble between the two teens.

The 17-year-old victim, Ellen Kopetzky, pictured, has undergone surgery for her wounds and was recovering at home with her family — which expressed hope that the alleged attacker will be treated with mercy and respect.

The 17-year-old victim, Ellen Kopetzky, pictured, has undergone surgery for her wounds and was recovering at home with her family — which expressed hope that the alleged attacker will be treated with mercy and respect.  via Facebook/© Facebook

A shocked classmate of Kopetzky’s, Parker Scheer, described the victim as “probably one of the nicest girls you’ll ever meet in your life.

“It’s sad to see someone that’s so nice get hurt for no reason,” he told the station.

Piccolo’s father also expressed fear for his daughter, however, saying he hadn’t heard from her and believed she’s just as frightened as he is.

“I’m just scared to death,” he told the Journal Star on Monday afternoon. “She’s out driving. She’s scared. She’s running. We don’t know where she’s at.”

The victim’s family shared in that fear.

Police say the suspect disappeared during the commotion that followed the 9:45 a.m. attack Monday at Pius X Catholic high school in Lincoln, Neb.

Police say the suspect disappeared during the commotion that followed the 9:45 a.m. attack Monday at Pius X Catholic high school in Lincoln, Neb.   Google

In a public statement thanking supporters for their prayers, compassion and well-wishes, they asked that the public reach out to the wanted girl as well.

“We ask you to join us in prayer for Sarah Piccolo and her family. We pray that she may be treated with respect and with mercy, and that our community will also support her family. The love of God can conquer all things,” the family’s statement read in part.

The Catholic high school to a little more than 1,000 students between grades nine through 12 was placed on lockdown Monday before the precaution was lifted.

Within the commotion, three student seniors told a teacher they saw Piccolo leaving the school just as ambulances arrived.

Her grandmother June expressed complete astonishment of the crimes of which her granddaughter is accused.

“I wouldn’t have even thought this (possible) because she’s always a quite girl,” she told the paper.

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