Judge holds high school student without bond following disturbing journal entry made public
Alwin Chen. FILE PHOTOROCKVILLE — A Montgomery County District Court judge ruled Tuesday that authorities will continue to hold an 18-year-old high school student without bond after he brought a loaded handgun to school.
District Court Judge John C. Moffett said defendant Alwin Chen, 18, of Clarksburg High School would remain in jail without bond to ensure the safety of the community.
Moffett said information found in Chen’s private journal helped him to make the decision.
Police found Chen’s journal when they searched his home following his arrest. Assistant State’s Attorney Frank Lazzaro said Chen included sentiments about shooting evil people in the journal. Lazzaro said Chen wrote more than once in a journal entry dated May 2, 2017 he wants to kill criminals such as serial killers or gang members.
Chen in a journal entry dated April 24, 2016 “compared himself to a vigilante comic book hero known as the Punisher “because I am almost a psychopath.’ Later in the entry, he writes ‘someone ought to put a bullet in my head for my wrong doings and thoughts,’” Lazzaro wrote.