Wealthy US teen pictured blindfolded and handcuffed by Italian police after being arrested over officer’s murder

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A WEALTHY American teen accused of murdering an Italian cop has been pictured cuffed and blindfolded in a Rome police station.

Gabrial Natale-Hjorth, 18, was pictured tied to a chair after being arrested on suspicion of knifing newlywed plain clothes cop Mario Cerciello with pal Finnegan Elder, 19.

Gabrial Natale-Hjorth, 18, was pictured tied to a chair

The Californian pair were hauled from their luxury hotel last week after Cerciello was stabbed nearby the night before.

He allegedly confronted the teens as they tried to organise a drug deal.

A local police chief claimed Natale-Hjorth was blindfolded “for a very few minutes, four or five”.

Tying up suspects is illegal in Italy.

The officer who blindfolded him reportedly did so to stop him seeing documents related to the investigation.

The two men were holidaying in Italy after graduating from school in Mill Valley, near San Francisco.


A former classmate of the Natale-Hjorth said: “I’ve kind of always known that he’s a bad guy.

“He would come up in stories of just like activities that you wouldn’t want your kids getting into.

“He’s kind of been known around town as a delinquent character.”

The Californian pair were hauled from their luxury hotel last week
AP:Associated Press
A cop was allegedly stabbed as the teens tried to organise a drug deal
AP:Associated Press

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