DA: Oregon student built bombs for Columbine-style attack

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by EVAN SERNOFFSKY

KGW.com

Posted on May 25, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Updated Saturday, May 25 at 9:55 PM

Albany, Oregon

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ALBANY, Ore. — A 17-year-old West Albany High School student will face attempted aggravated murder charges as an adult for building bombs that he planned on detonating at school in an attack he modeled after the Columbine massacre, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said Saturday.

On Thursday, Police took the student into custody for making two bombs which they found under the floorboards of his mother's home in Albany.

Police said the explosive devices — including napalm and Molotov cocktails — could have caused serious damage and loss of life. Officers said they got a tip that the student intended to detonate them at school.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police took the student into custody at his father's home on Northwest Violet Street in Albany, said Capt. Eric Carter with the Albany Police Department.

He was lodged at the Linn-Benton Juvenile Detention Facility on two counts each of possession and manufacture of a destructive device.

The bombs were found at the home of the student's biological mother in the 2600 block of Northwest Raymond Court.

On Friday, The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit obtained a search warrant and safely removed all explosive items from the home, Carter said.

Police searched West Albany High School on Thursday evening and searched the school again Friday with an explosive detecting K-9 to ensure the campus is safe for students to return on Tuesday.

The suspect is due in court on Tuesday.

Albany, Oregon is 65 miles south of Portland.

 

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