Walmart evidence shows Ciccolo bought pressure cooker, prosecutors say

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SPRINGFIELD — Surveillance video and receipts from Walmart and a list of weapons are among the pieces of evidence the government has collected as it builds it case against Alexander Ciccolo.

In a letter filed in U.S. District Court this week, federal prosecutors outlined the evidence collected in what they called the "fifth phase" of discovery in the case. A copy of the letter was also sent to Ciccolo's attorney, David Hoose.

Ciccolo, of Adams, faces charges of illegal weapons possession and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon following his July 4 arrest. Investigators believe he was plotting to attack a college campus and broadcast student executions on the Internet.

He was under investigation after authorities were warned in 2014 about his alleged stated desire to go overseas and fight for the Islamic State. Investigators said he told an FBI informant about his plan.

To date, Ciccolo has only been arraigned on the weapons and assault charges, but prosecutors have said more charges may be coming as the investigation continues.

Among the pieces of evidence listed in the letter are: surveillance video and receipts from the North Adams Walmart on July 3, where Ciccolo allegedly purchased a pressure cooker and told the informant he had done so.

Ciccolo purchased the cooker allegedly with the intention of packing it with black powder and shrapnel and using it as a bomb similar to the ones used in the Boston Marathon attack.

Screen shots and transcripts of conversations between Ciccolo and the informant also are included in the list of evidence as well as the list of weapons he's accused of making during a meeting with the same informant.

On July 4, Ciccolo took possession of four weapons he had ordered from the witness; two Glock handguns, an AR-15 rifle and a SG550 rifle. He was arrested shortly afterward.

Hoose said the weapons were provided to his client by the FBI at no cost.

Ciccolo incurred the assault and battery charge after stabbing a nurse in the head with a pen during a routine medical screening at the Franklin County House of Correction during his booking.

Video showing the response to that assault and the nurse's medical records are also among the noted evidence.

Copies of the search warrants for Ciccolo's iPhone and iCloud accounts and photos taken during the searches of Ciccolo's home and that of his mother are also listed in the letter.

A status hearing in the case is set for Dec. 9.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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