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Tuesday
Nov202012

Cellphone Video Reveals Florida Teen's Plan to Blow Up School

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Cellphone video just released by prosecutors offers a chilling view into the mind of a Florida teenager who in 2011 was charged with plotting to kill teachers and students with bombs at his Tampa high school.

Jared Cano, then 17, wrote a manifesto that detailed his plans for an attack in August 2011 on the first day of classes at Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla., from which he had been expelled in March 2010.  Police arrived at the home where Cano lived with his mother to arrest him.  In his home, police recovered bomb-making material, including fuses, timers, shrapnel, accelerant and plastic tubing.

In the recently released video, Cano outlines -- to the minute -- his plans to blow up Freedom High School.

"For those of you retards who don't know who I am, I'm the Freedom High School shooter in Tampa, Florida.  Well I will be in a couple months," Cano says on the video.  "My plan is to set a bomb here at point A, here at point B, point C and point D.  Then I got to get to the side entrance of the school by 7:24.  The bombs blow at 7:26."

Cano never got the chance to go through with his deadly plan because a friend tipped off police and he was arrested.  In addition to the bomb-making materials at his home, investigators found a manifesto and illustrations detailing his plans.

"We were probably able to thwart a catastrophic event," Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said.

The newly released cellphone video shows that Cano not only intended to kill as many students as possible, but that he specifically targeted two teachers who Cano said did him wrong.

"[I'll] Come through the door then shoot everybody at the front desk," he says on the video.  "Mr. Costanzo's office is right here, I've got to kill him.  Mrs. Carmody is here I've got to kill her.  Mr. Pears is here, I've got to make sure he doesn't die, because I like him."

At times during his boastful rant, Cano smokes marijuana.  In the clip, he says that he would retrieve a stash of weapons hidden near the school and come back in.

"I'm going to come in and advance on the courtyard where there'll probably be at least sixty people," he says.

While he lays out the details of his master plan, Cano also offers a solution to stopping him and others like him.

"If you don't like it," he says, "just find a way to find people like me and just line us up and shoot us."

Cano has been charged with threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device.  He also faces charges for possession of bomb-making materials, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Having been jailed since August 2011, Cano will be sentenced on Dec. 5, after he pled no contest to two charges.  His defense attorney has said he plans to call the teen's family as character references, ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV reported.  He has hopes of getting time served.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug192011

Amid Web Support for Suspect, Cops Concerned about Tampa School Bomb Plot Copycats

WFTS/ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Since Jared Cano's Aug. 17 arrest for allegedly plotting to bomb Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida, a series of groups have cropped up on Facebook in support of the 17-year-old, including "Save Jared Cano" and "Support Jared Cano."

The largest by far is the "Free Jared Cano" group, with more than 700 "likes" on the evening of Aug. 18.  Many of the comments on the page are critical of  what cops say is Cano's detailed plan to kill two school officials and 30 students with bombs on the first day of school next Tuesday.

Nevertheless, the Tampa Police Department is aware of the growing online community, and the dozens of commenters who support Cano -- and law enforcement is concerned it could indicate possible copycat offenders.

"My understanding is that folks that were responding on a Facebook page, supporting his position, they weren't seeing the gravity of his situation," said Maj. John Newman of the Tampa Police Department.  "The investigation, with exception of arrest, is far from complete.  We want to make sure he was operating by himself and there are no copycats out there.  We're looking at every possible lead."

Jay Reeve, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University, said a Facebook page glamorizing or popularizing Cano's actions could increase the possibility of copycats, similar to the way Cano was attempting to replicate the efforts of Columbine High School shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

"I think there could be some serious consequences to that depiction of Jared as someone who did something who garnered attention from peers," Reeve said.  "You could predict that someone is going to emulate that."

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor told reporters Wednesday that investigators recovered bomb-making materials from Cano's home, including fuses, timers, shrapnel, accelerant and plastic tubing.  No firearms were found in his family's apartment, police said.

They also found a manifesto that detailed minute-by-minute plans for the purported attack, including specifications about where he apparently planned to place bomb in Freedom High School, from which he had been expelled in March 2010.

Police said Cano's manifesto specified his goal of surpassing the number of students who were killed and injured during the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, in which 12 students and one teacher were killed and another 24 were wounded.

He has since been charged with threatening to throw, project, place, or discharge a destructive device.  He also faces charges for possession of bomb-making materials, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug182011

Tampa Bomb Plot Teen's Friend Says He Was 'Just Venting'

WFTS/ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) -- A Florida 17-year-old charged with plotting to kill school officials and students with bombs was "just venting anger" and would never have gone through with the attack, a friend of his claims.

Jared Cano wrote a manifesto that detailed his plans for an attack starting at 5 a.m. next Tuesday -- the first day of classes at Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida, the school Cano was expelled from in March 2010.  The unnamed friend was at the home of Cano when he was arrested on Tuesday.

"He wouldn't go and do something like that.  He'd say he's going to in the heat of the moment but that's his way of venting, I guess," Cano's friend told ABC Action News in Tampa.  "I think he was just venting anger on a piece of paper."

The two friends would often play video games at the home where Cano lives with his mother, and were planning to do just that on Tuesday when police arrived at the home to arrest the teenager.  The friend said that he initially thought the arrest may have to do with marijuana charges, a drug Cano publicly admits to admire on his Facebook page; he has also been arrested for possession of marijuana in the past.

Cano has an "extensive criminal record," according to police, who confirmed that he had broken into a house and stolen a firearm.  The victim of that theft, a convicted felon, did not press charges.  Cano had also been charged with the possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and a taser.

Police said on Wednesday they recovered bomb making materials from the home including fuses, timers, shrapnel, accelerant and plastic tubing -- though no firearms were found.

Cano's friend says that he does believe that his friend could have written a manifesto detailing such a plan to kill dozens at his former school, but it would only be a way for Cano to vent his frustration and anger.

"He doesn't know how to vent," the friend told ABC Action News.  "I told him, 'Dude, go in your room, scream in your pillow or something.'"

According to Christopher Farkas, Freedom High School principal for the past three years, Cano was suspended from that school in March 2010 for an off-campus incident.  Police confirmed that he was expelled from school for his previous burglary.

Police said they have no reason to believe that anyone else was involved in the bomb plot.  They reported that the family had been cooperative.

Cano has been charged with threatening to throw, project, place, or discharge a destructive device.  He also faces charges for possession of bomb-making materials, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug172011

Tampa School Massacre Thwarted

Tampa Police say they have thwarted Jared Cano's "catastrophic" plot to blow up a school on the first day of classes. (WFTS/ABC News)(TAMPA, Fla.) -- A Tampa teenager has been arrested and charged with plotting to kill two school officials and 30 students with bombs on the first day of school scheduled for next week in what would have been the most serious school attack since the Columbine massacre.

Jared Cano, 17, wrote a manifesto that detailed his plans for his attack starting at 5 a.m. next Tuesday, Police Chief Jane Castor said at a news conference Wednesday. The manifesto included information about the layout of Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla., and where exactly Cano was planning to place bombs in the school.

Castor also said they recovered bomb making material from his home including fuses, shrapnel, accelerant and plastic tubing. No firearms were found in his family's apartment, police said.

The arrest on Tuesday came just hours after someone alerted police about Cano's alleged plot, Castor said. The tipster's identity has been kept confidential but that person was praised Wednesday as a "hero."

Police said that Cano specified in his manifesto his goal of surpassing the number of students who were killed and injured during the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

On April 20, 1999, Columbine High School seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, wielding automatic weapons, slaughtered 12 students and one teacher. Another 24 were injured in the 45-minute rampage.

Cano is the latest student to express admiration for the Columbine killers. Seung-Hui Cho sent a tape praising Klebold and Harris before going on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech that left 33 people dead in 2007.

The teen's manifesto targeted two individuals "in the administration at Freedom High School," both of whom have been alerted that they were target, the chief said. Cano expressed feelings of "ill will" towards both of them in the manifesto.

He also targeted 30 students for death, the police said.

Police said they have no reason to believe that anyone else was involved in the bomb plot. They reported that the family, who has been cooperative, did not know that their son had materials to build a bomb in his room.

Cano has been charged with threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device. He also faces charges for possession of bomb-making materials, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Lewis Brinson, assistant superintendent for administration of Freedom High School, said school will open on Tuesday as scheduled, with counselors available to students if necessary. Electronic messages have also been sent out to parents of students informing them that the school is working with the Tampa Police Department to keep the school safe.

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