March 02, 2018 10:40 PM
Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Serier confirmed federal agents seized dozens of guns and bombs from the home of a student who threatened another student.
Serier discussed the incident at a press conference Friday.
"This had all the ingredients for tragedy to follow," Serier said. "So to be able to prevent that ... I'm pretty proud of our staff."
The student, as well as two adults, were arrested. The sheriff's office confirmed the two adults have been identified as as Lisa Marie Stowe, 40, and Christopher Lloyd Stowe, 41. The sheriff's office also confirmed the two were the student's parents.
Serier said the two have been booked into Ramsey County Jail.
The guns, ammunition, explosive devises, and at least one ballistic vest, were discovered at a home on the 4000 block of DeSoto Street in Vadnais Heights Friday as part of a search conducted to investigate the threat.
"Some people are collectors, and they have this amount of weapons in the home," Serier said. "I don't know if that was the case here, but this was definitely a lot. And the real issue we have on the front end is that some of the weapons were unsecured and clearly accessible by a minor. That's a big problem."
The St. Paul Bomb Squad, as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, responded to the scene. Serier said the Bomb Squad was still at the home Friday night.
The sheriff said the 13-year-old student in question attended the Academy for Science and Agriculture, which has a middle school in Maplewood and a high school in Vadnais Heights, according to its website.
The school sent a statement to families saying the safety of its students is a top priority. The statement also said the school is cooperating fully with the sheriff's office's investigation.
Serier said he could not discuss the nature of the threats, which authorities became aware of in the past 24 hours.
But he said there was no current threat to the public.
"But this case does underscore if you see something, say something," he said.
Investigators finished up their work at the house as people began arriving home from work, ready to start their weekend.
Ron Hawkinson lives around the corner from where the weapons seizure took place. He said he knew something was going on after reading an email from the neighborhood watch group that stated law enforcement would be in the area during the day.
"They've been out here for quite a while," he said Friday.
As Hawkinson began to learn the details, he said what was found inside the home is alarming.
"(It's) just an absolute shock," Hawkinson said. "Given everything that's going on in the country, to know it could be this close."
As news began to spread, people in the area who knew the family and the teen said they were surprised at the allegations.
Several residents said the 13-year-old was a good kid, who helped out neighbors with chores and garden work.
Updated: March 02, 2018 10:40 PM
Created: March 02, 2018 05:08 PM
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