3 charged with aiding John LaDue in Waseca school attack plot - KMSP-TV

3 charged with aiding Waseca teen accused of school attack plot

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Three people have been charged with felony crimes in connection with the alleged school attack plot of Waseca, Minn. teenager John LaDue. While the individual charges are serious, the Waseca police investigation continues to indicate LaDue was the only person with information concerning the plot to attack students and staff at Waseca High School and the junior high.

NEW CHARGES

Two 17-year-old boys have been charged with aiding LaDue in the purchase and construction of explosive devices, and a 40-year-old man has been charged with selling a handgun to LaDue.

Gun sale: Michael Jacobs, of Waseca, Minn., admitted to selling a .45 caliber Llama handgun and magazine to LaDue in the fall of 2013 for $350. Jacobs failed to notify law enforcement of the gun sale, as required by law.

Making explosives: One 17-year-old boy was allegedly helping LaDue build explosive devices at a home in Waseca, then trying to detonate the devices in a field near Waseca High School. The other teenager allegedly purchased 15 lbs of potassium perchlorate for LaDue and helped him build explosives, then later detonated the devices with LaDue at Oak Park and the soccer fields near the school. The explosives in question were referred to as “crickets” – empty carbon dioxide cartridges filled with black powder.

After LaDue’s arrest, his father invited several of John’s friends and parents to the house to talk. During this meeting, one of the boys now charged int he case admitted to buying flash powder for LaDue to make explosives. According to the juvenile petition, these boys “did not know that John LaDue intended to explode explosive/incendiary devices at a local school with the intent to kill students.”

MORE: Waseca teen's notebook reveals mass murder plot

John LaDue was arrested in April after authorities said they found him in a storage locker with bomb-making materials. They also found guns, explosives and notes that outlined a plan to kill his family, set a fire to divert first responders, then go to Waseca Junior and Senior High School and "kill as many students as he could," according to court documents.

LaDue's father spoke with reporters after a hearing for his son was held in Waseca, and he stated that he does not believe his son would have carried out the plan detailed in an 180-page journal.

"I wish he would've felt he could've asked for help," the father said.

WASECA PLOT: Father insists son showed 'no signs' before arrest

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