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Police receive tip that the 17-year-old allegedly planned to blow up the school
A 17-year-old West Albany High School student was arrested by Albany police Thursday night after authorities received a tip that he was “making a bomb with the intention of blowing up the school,” according to a 911 caller.
The youth had asked his friends to film the incident when it happened, the caller said.
Grant Alan Acord, 17, was lodged in the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of two counts of possession of a destructive device and two counts of manufacture of a destructive device.
Police did not disclose the nature of the explosives.
Acord was taken into custody at his house in the 2400 block of Violet Street N.W. in North Albany at 10:26 p.m. Thursday, according to an Albany police news release.
Evidence of the bomb-making and two bombs were found at a family member’s residence in the 2600 block of Raymond Court N.W., the news release states.
On Friday, members of the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit removed the items from the Raymond Court residence after a search warrant was obtained.
“Now our folks are going to go in and complete the search of the residence,” said Capt. Eric Carter, of the Albany Police Department.
Residents near Raymond Court said they were surprised by the police activity in their nice, quiet neighborhood.
An initial security sweep was conducted at West Albany High School on Thursday night. A more extensive school search, including the use of explosives detection dogs from OSP, was done Friday afternoon. Nothing was found during that search.
In addition to Albany police, the large law enforcement presence included members of the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit and officers from Homeland Security, Vancouver, Wash., Port of Portland and the city of Portland. There were four K9/handler teams.
“This is being done for precautionary measures. School is not in session today. We have that opportunity. We don’t want to take any chances. This is serious and significant enough,” Carter said.
Police receive tip that 17-year-old allegedly planned to blow up WAHS
As explosive sniffing canines exited the north side of the high school on Friday afternoon, the Bulldog softball team played at the southwest end of campus.
Junior Hayden Layne said most students were shocked.
“It’s kind of scary to think that he was making a bomb for school,” said senior Joe Miller, as he walked to the softball diamond.
West Albany High School Principal Susie Orsborn declined comment Friday afternoon.
The Albany Police Department is conducting the investigation with the Benton County District Attorney’s Office, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Greater Albany Public Schools and Albany Fire Department.
Those with information about the case can call the Albany Police detective unit at 541-917-7686.