Alleged Toys R Us killer indicted on federal charges

News 4’s Ed Drantch has obtained a copy of a federal indictment, handed up against Bernard Grucza, the man accused of murdering Larry Wells at the Toys R Us in Hamburg.  The federal grand jury has found enough evidence to charge Grucza for four new crimes.

According to the indictment, Grucza “knowingly made false and fictitious oral and written statements” intended to trick an online dealer into selling him a Baretta 9mm pistol.  The dealer is legally allowed to sell firearms.  Federal prosecutors say Grucza used a fake name in buying the weapon.

A second count alleges Grucza bought a .380 caliber Ruger Pistol under the same pretenses, from a different legal dealer.

Count three in the indictment, handed up today, explains Grucza had that Ruger pistol between July 2013 and October 2013.  He had the gun, according to the indictment, when he wasn’t supposed to.  An Elma court order prohibited from having the weapon because of the order of protection filed against him.

A fourth count unveils Grucza made false statements to the federal government during questioning.  He told ATF agents, according to the indictment, that he had destroyed the Ruger and threw out its parts.  Federal prosecutors say that gun was found in his Toys R Us car.

Grucza is due in Federal Court on Monday at 2 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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