Albany police: ‘Averted horrific event’

Albany Police Department officials at a press conference, May 27, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Albany Police Department officials at a press conference, May 27, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN) — Though the investigation continues into a plan to blow up West Albany High School, officials in Albany have no information there is any additional threat at this time.

Grant Acord, 17, is accused of planning to blow up West Albany High School in Albany, Ore. (Courtesy photo, May 25, 2013)
Grant Acord, 17, is accused of planning to blow up West Albany High School in Albany, Ore. (Courtesy photo, May 25, 2013)

Grant Acord, 17, was arrested after explosives were found in his mother’s home. He faces attempted aggravated murder charges in the case and will be tried as an adult.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, Albany police officials said they did an initial sweep of the school on Thursday night and a separate sweep with police dogs on Friday. They found no explosives and believe the threat is over.

“We have no doubt he was going to detonate in the future,” an Albany police official said Monday. “The individual who called in the tip wanted to remain anonymous. We’re going to respect that at this time.”

Police will provide extra patrols Tuesday around the schools in the district, with an emphasis on the high

West Albany High School, Albany, Oregon, May 24, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
West Albany High School, Albany, Oregon, May 24, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

school. The school resource officers will meet with students, staff and parents on Tuesday to alleviate any fears.

They said they understand there is a lot of fear and anxiety among parents and students, but they are confident they “averted what could have been a horrific event.”

They did not speak about the specifics of the investigation, deferring those questions to District Attorney John Haroldson.

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