Police: W. Albany High student built bombs to detonate at school

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by KGW staff

KREM.com

Posted on May 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM

ALBANY, Ore. – Police took a 17-year-old West Albany High School student into custody Thursday for making two bombs.

Police said the explosive devices 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. 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.

Police and the district attorney don't know if they will prosecute the student as an adult because the investigation is still ongoing. The suspect is due in court Tuesday.

Anyone with information was asked to call Albany Police at 541-0917-7686.

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