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article imageOregon teen accused in plot to blow up high school

By Arthur Weinreb     May 26, 2013 in Crime
Albany - The 17-year-old is facing several charges including aggravated attempted murder after a Columbine-style plot was discovered. Numerous explosive devices and other evidence of the plot were recovered.
The planned attack was discovered after police in Albany, Oregon received a 911 call. Grant Alan Acord, 17, faces two counts of possession of a destructive device and two counts of manufacturing a destructive device as well as one count of aggravated attempted murder. Under Oregon law, a juvenile over the age of 15 who is charged with aggravated attempted murder must be tried as an adult.
At a press conference held yesterday, Benson County District Attorney John Haroldson announced several explosive devices have been seized. According to Haroldson, police recovered six homemade bombs hidden underneath the floorboards in Acord's bedroom in his mother's house. The teen's father's home was also searched and pipe bombs, napalm bombs, Drano bombs and Molotov cocktails were found.
Other evidence seized included detailed plans of the attack, checklists and a map of Acord's school, West Albany High School. The plans, that set out the date of the proposed attack, called for Acord to use the bombs as well as guns. The DA said the plans were modelled after what happened at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in 1999. Thirteen people were killed and 21 injured during that attack.
Acord was arrested without incident at his home Thursday night. He is currently being detained in the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Facility.
Authorities have no clear cut motive for the planned attack but believe it was not to target specified individuals. Haroldson said, "I cannot say enough about how lucky we are that there was an intervention. When I look at the evidence, I shudder to think of what could have happened here." Haroldson refused to say when the planned bombing of West Albany High School was to take place.
Capt. Eric Carter of the Albany police said, "This is beyond a kid playing with a couple of cherry bombs. It was serious enough to call out the bomb squad. This went above and beyond teenage curiosity."
Sweeps of the high school revealed no explosives.
Acord is scheduled to be arraigned in the Benton County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon.
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