Tampa Police officers arrested a 17 year old who was planning to explode a bomb at the Freedom High School.
Police officers acted on a tip Tuesday that Jared Michael Cano, who was expelled Freedom High School student, was planning to discharge explosive devices on campus to cause casualties. Media reports that the tip came from a person who had knowledge of the alleged plans.
Officers learned the violence was planned for the first day of school and it targeted specific administrators as well as any students nearby.
Through their investigation, officers determined Cano had very specific plans for carrying out the violence. At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday the suspect’s mother consented to a search of their home. Media reports that Cano has multiple juvenile arrests, including for burglary, carrying a concealed weapon, altering serial numbers on a firearm and drug possession, but that all had been either dismissed or no action has been taken.
Besides finding bomb making materials, the police said Cano was also found to be growing marijuana in his room.
During the search, officers found materials used to construct pipe bombs, including a fuel source, shrapnel, plastic tubing, timing and fusing devices.
Members of the Tampa Police Department’s Regional Bomb Team determined the quantity of materials seized was capable of taking multiple lives.
Officers also seized a journal that contained a minute-by-minute plan of carrying out the violence. It also included schematic drawings of rooms inside Freedom High School and statements about his intent to kill.
Cano was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center without incident