Patrick J. Buhler, 29, who has addresses in Morrisville Borough and Mount Bethel, was arraigned Saturday by District Judge William J. Benz on terroristic threats and harassment counts
Authorities say that Buhler spoke to a customer at the Walmart at around 8:30 p.m. on July 31 about security at Temple University, asking questions about campus police and the department’s response time. Buhler also said the customer would see him in the news in the coming days.
The conversation, witnessed by an employee, occurred in the sporting goods department while Buhler was purchasing five boxes of .223 ammunition, the caliber used in AR-15s and other semiautomatic rifles. Buhler noted he was purchasing the ammunition because he knows police wear body armor, according to the complaint.
While investigating the case, Tullytown Borough Police found Buhler had visited multiple Walmart stores where he made additional purchases of ammunition, knives and small-cylinder propane bottles, as well as a two-way radio and binoculars.
Tracked down by police Thursday at his Moreau Street residence, Buhler said the conversation with the Tullytown Walmart customer was a mistake, admitted he insinuated “violent things,” and said he did not know what he was thinking when he said them, according to the complaint.
Buhler was taken to the Bucks County Correctional Facility, and bond was set at $100,000.