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PA Teen Arrested After SWAT Standoff: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Cops in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, ended an hours long stand off by raiding an apartment and arresting Nicholas Helman, 19, for attempted murder, reports ABC Philadelphia.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Helman Allegedly Tried to Poison a Love Rival

According to The Intelligencer, he told a co-worker he was planning to poison a scratch and sniff card and send it to his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.


2. Science & Math Were His Favorite Subjects in School

Nicholas Helman Target

Helman worked at this Target store in Warrington, Pennsylvania. (Yelp)

He graduated Hatboro-Horsham High School in 2013. According to an online profile, math and science were his favorite subjects in school but that he “loves any class that teaches me something new.” The Intelligencer report states that he told his co-worker at Target that the scratch and sniff was coated in sodium hydroxide. He claimed this would kill any person in four days.

His co-worker went to police who contact the man’s family. A letter was found in the family’s mail box marked only with the man’s name. The postal worker who delivered the mail to the home said that the letter was already there when he arrived that day. Inside the card was a white powdery substance that preliminary tests indicated was ricin, reports NBC Philadelphia.


3. Helman Had Been Charged With Sending the Ricin on March 7

After being charged with harassment against his exes boyfriend, Helman was released on bail, he told police he was only trying to scare him. This was done in the hope of reconciling his relationship with his ex. He also admitted sending his ex-girlfriend threatening messages in November 2013.

He was rearrested on March 19 after the standoff, cops announced the harassment charge is being withdrawn and replaced with an attempted murder one.


4. After His Arrest, He Was Taken to be Decontaminated

When cops apprehended Helman, from a home at 133 Byberry Road in Hatboro, he was marched to a local fire station where he was decontaminated by a HAZMAT team, reports The Bucks County Courier Times.


5. He Dreamed of Living Off the Land

According to an online profile, he hoped to be alone in the woods and living off the lands or to be a park ranger. It also states that he is a “very active” boy scout.

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