Autumn Bartle's parents came home to a parent's worst nightmare. Their 14-year-old girl had been shot and stabbed inside their Bristol Township, Pa. home. And now her cousin is being eyed as the possible culprit for the vicious attack.
Bartle died on Monday after spending several days in critical condition. Her cousin, Colin Haag, was arrested and charged with stealing two guns that belonged to Bartle's dad, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.
Police have identified him as a suspect in Bartle’s murder but he hasn’t yet been charged with homicide. Instead, he was arraigned Monday on one count of theft of guns by unlawful taking or disposition. A judge set his bail at $100,000, and a hearing has been set for April 11.
Before his arrest, Haag shot himself in his neck. He was found by police on a road suffering from the self-inflicted injury. Upon searching him police found two handguns reported missing by Bartle’s dad, according to a probable cause affidavit. Haag was treated for his injuries and listed in stable condition before being booked into jail.
A GoFundMe that appears to have been set up for Bartle’s family states, “On the evening of Friday, March 30, 2018 our family was faced with a devastating tragedy involving someone very precious to us Autumn.” Oxygen.com can not verify the authenticity of this GoFundMe page.
Anyone with information about the teen’s death is asked to contact Bristol Township Police at the following numbers: Dispatch (215.785.4040), Crime Tip Line (215.788.8289), or Detective Tim Fuhrmann (267.812.3049).
[Photo: GoFundMe, Bucks County District Attorney’s Office]