Teen arrested in Tampa high school bomb plot

Posted Aug 18, 2011 by Arthur Weinreb
A tip to the Tampa Police Department led to the arrest of Jared Michael Cano, 17. Cano is alleged to have planned to set off explosives at Freedom High School on the first day of school.
Jared Cano  17  charged with plot to blow up school
Jared Cano, 17, charged with plot to blow up school
The Tampa Police Department
Police first received information about the planned attack on the high school shortly before noon on Tuesday. The information revealed Cano was planning set off explosives on August 23, the day classes resume at the school after the summer break.
Approximately six hours after the Tampa Police Department became aware of the plot, they received permission from Cano's mother to search her home. During the search, police found materials to make pipe bombs as well as fusing and timing devices. According to bomb specialists with the Tampa PD, the material found was capable of causing many deaths and catastrophic injuries.
As well as bomb-making materials police found a journal containing detailed plans on how Cano was going to set off explosive devices in his former school. Detailed drawings of the interior of Freedom High School were also recovered.
The 17-year-old has been charged with one count of threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device as well as one count of possession of bomb making materials.
Cano also faces charges of cultivation of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. According to police, Cano was growing marijuana in his room.
Cano was expelled from Freedom High in March 2010 and it is believed he has been home schooled since then. His expulsion followed an arrest for something that occurred out of school. Major John Newman of the Tampa Police told the media, Mr. Cano has indeed been on our juvenile checklist in '08 and '09. He had been arrested recently for a burglary in which a firearm was stolen and he has other charges such as breaking and entering of autos and possession of marijuana.
At a Wednesday press conference, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said that Cano wrote in his "manifesto" that he was specifically targeting two members of the faculty at the school. He also expressed the desire to kill more people than had been killed at Columbine in 1999. Nicolette French, also 17,who had been friends with Cano since the seventh grade said that Cano had recently talked about the Columbine school shootings.
Castor also thanked those who assisted in foiling the plot, especially the informant who notified police. It is not known what would have happened had the confidential informant not come forward as the attack had been at an advanced stage of planning.
Cano appeared in court yesterday and is being held in secure detention. The State of Florida will decide whether or not he will be tried as an adult.