ABC News confirms that the men are from San Francisco. A prosecutorial arrest warrant was broadcast by the Italian state broadcaster RAI, naming the suspects Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth and Finnegan Lee Elder.
The arrest warrant did not state her age, but states that both were born in San Francisco in the year 2000 Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…80&Itemid=58. Age specified.
The prosecutor alleged that Elder was the prime suspect and accused him of repeatedly stabbing 35-year-old paramilitary police officer Mario Cerciello of Carabinieri, who had been investigating the theft of a bag after a drug deal in Rome. Natale Hjorth is accused of beating the official's partner with his bare hands, who was not seriously injured in the attack.
Elder's family released a statement Saturday morning in which they said in part, "We are shocked and dismayed at these events were reported."
Here is the full statement of the older family:
"We write as a family to extend our deepest condolences to the grieving family and community that Brigadier Cerciello Rega loved, we are shocked and dismayed by the events that have been reported but very few independent information about these events We could not communicate with our son, we ask you to respect our privacy during this difficult time, our thoughts are with all those who were affected by this tragedy. "
Both suspects were also accused of attempted extortion examined. Elder's lawyer, Francesco Codini, said his client had exercised his right to answer no questions during a Saturday's hearing at the Rome prison where the two youths live. Natale Hjorth's lawyer was not immediately available for comment.
A judge in the trial did not decide if the suspects would be detained after an initial three-day deadline.
An Italian investigator who spoke under certain conditions of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said the couple had stolen the bag of a drug dealer in Rome after the man apparently gave them "another substance" instead of cocaine.
The Carabinieri said the Americans demanded a $ 1
The Carabinieri said video surveillance cameras and witnesses had allowed them to quickly identify the two Americans and find them in a hotel near the crime scene. The police said the two Americans were "ready" to leave Italy when they were found.
During a search of their hotel room, the Carabinieri said they found a long knife, possibly the one that attacked Cerciello Rega. The police said the knife had been hidden behind a panel in the ceiling. The police also said that they had found clothes that the two apparently wore during the attack.
The Carabinieri Declaration stated that the two Americans had admitted responsibility after being questioned by prosecutors and confronted with "hard evidence".
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