Grant Acord will be charged with planning to bomb West Albany High School
Police found already-built devices and bomb-making materials under the floorboards of the teen's bedroom at his mother’s house. The Oregon State Police’s explosive unit removed the materials and at least six devices.
The bombs included pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, napalm bombs and and explosives made from drain cleaner
CORVALLIS, Ore. – A 17-year-old West Albany High School student will be charged with attempted aggravated murder after the Benton County District Attorney said he planned to attack his school with bombs.
Grant Acord will be charged as an adult. Attempted aggravated murder is a Measure 11 crime. Acord was taken into custody on Thursday at his Albany home after police received a tip that Acord had built a device and targeted his high school. Saturday, District Attorney John Haroldson said Acord’s attack plan was patterned after the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. “The charge of attempted aggravated murder requires that we prove that a substantial step was taken toward the completion of the crime. In this case, we would be relying upon evidence of plan.
Diagrams, checklists, a plan to use explosive devices and firearms to carry out a plan specifically modeled after the Columbine shootings,” Haroldson said. Haroldson would not say when Acord allegedly planned to carry out the attack because that’s part of the evidence in the case.
He said police found a timeline that included a specific date for the alleged attack to take place. Charges will be formally filed Tuesday morning. Monday is Memorial Day. “This is a case of a planned assault on a target-rich environment. And that target-rich environment is the West Albany High School.”KATU has the video report. Police received a tip that the teen was building bombs and moved in