Police arrest suspect they believe helped man accused of planning Everett school shooting, rob convenience store
February 28, 2018
(EVERETT, WA.) – Detectives with Everett Police’s Major Crimes Unit have arrested an 18-year old man man believed to be responsible, along with another man for a Feb. 12 armed robbery on Casino Road.
The suspect was arrested in connection with the robbery that occurred just after 9 pm on Monday, Feb. 12th at an AM/PM mini-mart at 901 West Casino Road where two men walked into the store with a black rifle and demanded money.
“Both men were wearing masks of political figures and had distinct clothing,” said a police statement.
Detectives believe that one of the men was 18-year old Joshua O’Connor, who was arrested on Feb. 14 for Attempted Murder 1st Degree for allegedly planning and taking substantial steps toward executing a school shooting/bombing at ACES High School.
“When detectives served a search warrant on O’Connor’s property, the masks, a gun, and a journal were found linking him to the robbery,” said an Everett PD statement. “The journal indicated “a friend” helped him with the robbery but did not identify that person. DNA from the masks were processed by the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, which identified the second suspect.”
That 18-year-old, a Lynnwood resident, was arrested Tuesday morning at ACES High School where he is a student. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on probable cause for robbery charges.
“At this point, it is not believed this man was involved with Joshua O’Connor‘s (alleged) plans to shoot students at ACES High School.,” said the police statement.
Background on arrest of man accused in planning school shooting
Joshua O’Connor was arrested after a journal belonging to him was discovered detailing plans to shoot classmates at his Everett high school.
At about 9:30 am on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, a grandmother called 911 to report what she believed were upcoming and credible threats by her 18 year-old grandson to shoot students at his high school.
“Officers responded to the 10600 block of Holly Dr, met with the grandmother, and were shown excerpts of the grandson’s journal,” said an Everett PD statement. “Officers were also told the grandson had a rifle stored in a guitar case. As officers reviewed copies of the journal, they were alarmed at the statements and detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosive devices at ACES High School.”
With that information, officers contacted ACES High School to advise them of the threat and then arrested the grandson at the school. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on probable cause for attempted murder due to alleged planning and “taking substantial steps” toward executing a school shooting.
Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit wen to the grandmother’s house where they served a search warrant to seize the journal, rifle, military styled inert grenades and other evidentiary items.
Detectives continue investigating the events surrounding the Feb. 13 arrest of O’Connor.
“This is a case where the adage ‘see something, say something’ potentially saved many lives,” said Police Chief Dan Templeman. “It is critically important for community members, to include students and parents, to remain observant and immediately report odd or suspicious behaviors with our children or with fellow students. We were fortunate that a family member believed there were credible threats and contacted law enforcement for further investigation. I’m sure the decision was difficult to make, but fortunately, it was the correct one.”