Docs reveal chilling details in Albany HS bomb plot

Grant Acord, 17, at his video arraignment on charges he planned to blow up West Albany High School, May 28, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Grant Acord, 17, at his video arraignment on charges he planned to blow up West Albany High School, May 28, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (KOIN) – A 17-year-old boy accused of hatching a plan to blow up West Albany High School compared himself to the Columbine shooters, called himself the “Russian grim reaper,” and possessed extensive attack plans and diagrams designed to carry out what he termed “mass murder,” according to disturbing court documents released Tuesday.

Greater Albany School Superintendent Maria Delapoer talks to the media at a press conference in front of West Albany High School, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 after a 17-year-old was arrested and charged with plotting to blow up the school. (AP Photo/Democrat-Herald, Mark Ylen)
Greater Albany School Superintendent Maria Delapoer talks to the media at a press conference in front of West Albany High School, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 after a 17-year-old was arrested and charged with plotting to blow up the school. (AP Photo/Democrat-Herald, Mark Ylen)

Grant Alan Acord was arraigned in Benton County Court today on charges of attempted aggravated murder, unlawful manufacture and possession of a destructive device and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being charged as an adult. His bail was set at $2 million. If released, he can have no contact with the school. He must also remain under 24-hour adult supervision and cannot possess weapons.

The probable cause affidavit filed by Albany police states that investigators serving a search warrant at his mother’s home found two pipe bombs, two Molotov cocktails, and at least two Drano bombs in a hidden compartment underneath the floor in his bedroom.

“These were functional explosive devices readily able to cause significant injuries; death, destruction of property,” Albany Police Capt. Eric Carter told reporters Tuesday.

Acord was arrested May 23 at his father’s home on the 2400 block of Northwest Violet Street. Acord’s parents are divorced. The bombs were found at the home of his mother, located at 2611 NW Raymond Ct. No bombs were found at his father’s home.

Along with the bombs, investigators also found several handwritten journals, typed documents and detailed diagrams designed to carry out an attack at his school.

Grant Acord, 17, seen in his booking photo at the Linn/Benton Juvenile Detention Center on May 24, 2010.
Grant Acord, 17, seen in his booking photo at the Linn/Benton Juvenile Detention Center on May 24, 2010.

The court documents allege that he kept a printed list of weapons and gear that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold reportedly used to carry out the Columbine High School massacre in April of 1999 that killed 13 people.

Some of the items on that list were checked off, including “3 Drano Bombs, Molatovs Bottle and Gas, Pipebombs Shrapnel, Propane Tank, Duffle Bag, Napalm/gas mixture,” court documents read. Another handwritten page, titled “’I NEED’ List & Costs” contained items including a Hi-Point 995 rifle, and a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun.

In one section of his journals he reportedly wrote:

“The (Loosely Stated) “Plan” AKA Worst case Scenario”, “Leave home with stuff in trunk at 7:30. Got to first period. After period wait in parking lot until 10:0 AM. Drive to “Smoke spot” to gear up. Be back in far parking lot by 11:00. If no school resource officer is ther, move to parking lot next to 3rd exit parked backawards at 11:10. Get gear out of trunk. Carry duffle in one hand, napalm firebomb in the other, walk towards school with “airport stak” blasting out of car. Drop duffle. Light and throw napalm, unzip bag and begin firing. Cooly state: “the Russian grim reaper is here” (bad boys 2). If 3rd exit is blocked by napalm fire, or is locked, run to 1st entrance. In either entrance, throw a smoke bomb prior to walking in. Proceed to enter the school, then shoot and throw bombs throughout school. Kill myself before S.W.A.T. enganges me.”

Carter said police were first tipped off to the plot from a West Albany junior who took classes with Acord. The tipster’s mother noticed her son acting differently and questioned him. When he told her what he knew regarding Acord, she called 911. The boy’s name was not released.

West Albany students returned to class Tuesday with heavy patrols around the school. Authorities have said they know of no further threats to the school.

In a statement released Tuesday, Acord’s mother claimed that her son suffered from PANDAS.

“My heart goes out to everyone affected by Grant’s struggle with PANDAS, a rare form of OCD,” Marianne Fox said through her attorney. “I grieve for my son, but understand and support the efforts of law enforcement to keep our beloved community safe. This is a challenging and confusing time for everyone who knows Grant.  I will have no further comment while I wait with the rest of you to see what unfolds.”

PANDAS is an acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections.

Acord remains lodged in the Linn-Benton Juvenile Detention Facility.

Faris Tanyos

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