INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged with threatening a
massacre at a school in northwest Indiana also told his wife he would stab
her with a screwdriver and kill her children and grandchildren, according
to court documents.
Von Meyer, 60,
of Cedar Lake, was scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon in Lake County
Court in Crown Point on charges of intimidation, domestic battery and
resisting law enforcement.
Police in the
town about 45 miles southeast of Chicago boosted security at Jane Ball
Elementary School and three other area schools as a precaution Friday
after Meyer's wife told officers he had threatened during an argument to
go to the school and kill as many people as he could. Meyer's wife works
at the cafeteria at the school, which police say is only about 500 feet
from the couple's home.
phoned police hours before 26 people, including 20 students, were shot and
killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
47 guns and ammunition hidden throughout Meyer's two-story home after they
arrested him Saturday, but interim Cedar Lake Police Chief Jerry Smith has
said most of those weapons were antique collector guns and that he
believes Meyer was not serious about his school threat.
told investigators said he shoved her to the ground and threatened to kill
her by stabbing her with a screwdriver, gouging her eyes out and setting
her on fire, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court
Saturday. He also told her that he would kill her adult son and his
children, kill her adult daughter and kidnap her granddaughter. Meyer
allegedly told his wife that if she had a baby granddaughter, he would cut
off its head.
also says Meyer took an urn containing the cremated remains of his
mother-in-law off a mantle and threatened to force his wife to eat them
before saying he would "go on a rampage" and "shoot up the school."
She fled to a
neighbor's home and called the police.
Meyer's wife told officers their relationship was turbulent and he had
often threatened her. According to the affidavit, she told investigators
that she believed her husband made the threats because he didn't think she
was listening to him.
Meyer did not
yet have an attorney.