American Teens Confess To Stabbing Death Of Rome Officer, Police Say

American Teens Confess To Stabbing Death Of Rome Officer, Police Say

American Teens Confess To Stabbing Death Of Rome Officer, Police Say

The police said that the pair 'did not hesitate to engage in a scuffle which culminated in the tragic deadly wounding of Mario Rega Cerciello'.

Both suspects are due to be kept in custody while the police investigation continues.

Two American teenagers have confessed to fatally stabbing a police officer to death in Rome on Friday, according to authorities. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called the officer's killing a "deep wound for the State", while the Italian army, state police and a host of other agencies, politicians and Italian citizens shared their condolences online.

Italian police officer Mario Cerciello Rega was stabbed eight times at 2 a.m. local time on Friday, in the Prati neighborhood of Rome on Via Pietro Cossa, near the hotel where the two young men were staying, police said.

The Carabinieri statement said the Americans during their interrogation and confronted with "hard evidence", had "confessed to their blame".

Police said they have discovered "numerous objects of investigative interest" both in the hotel room, where the murder weapon was found hidden behind a ceiling panel, and in the vicinity of the crime scene, where the stolen backpack was found stuffed in a flower box.

In a search of their hotel room, the Carabinieri said they found a long knife, possibly the one used to attack Cerciello Rega.

With the slain officer being widely mourned in Italy as a hero, some prominent Italians anxious that the publication of the photo might ultimately aid the defense and thwart justice.

The Washington Post could not immediately reach Natale Hjorth and Elder, nor their lawyers.

Authorities say the teens threatened the man in a phone call, refusing to return it unless they were given 100 euros ($111) and a gram of cocaine.

The photo was then reportedly shared in an internal police group chat.

And it's somewhat telling in today's anti-immigrant climate in parts of Europe that "Initial media reports suggested the assailants were North Africans". Police also said they found clothes the two apparently were wearing during the attack.

Elder's public prosecutor appointed lawyer, Francesco Codini, said that during his court appearance Saturday his client had "maintained his right to remain silent" in front of a judge.

Asked for comment, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department told Newsweek, "We are aware of these reports".

Amanda Knox was an American university student in Perugia when she was initially accused in the 2007 stabbing death of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. The paramilitary Carabinieri police force and prosecutors are investigating.

The officer who put on the eye covering made a "mistake" but did so in order to prevent Natale-Hjorth from seeing documents related to the investigation, Gargaro added.

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