2 Juveniles, 1 Adult Charged in Connection to John LaDue Case

Updated: 06/20/2014 6:31 PM
Created: 06/20/2014 10:54 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Two juveniles and one adult have been charged with felonies for allegedly aiding and abetting a Waseca teen who plotted to kill his family and attack his school.

Seventeen-year-old John LaDue was arrested in April after it was discovered that he plotted to kill his family and set off bombs at Waseca Junior/Senior High School, kill the school resource officer, shoot students and start fires, according to a criminal complaint.

Police say LaDue had a storage locker that contained bomb-making materials and a 180-page journal that outlined the attack in great detail. He’s been charged with 12 felonies, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Now, two 17-year-old boys have been charged in connection to the case.

One teen is accused of helping LaDue create incendiary devices at a home in Waseca, which they tried to set off in a field near the Waseca Junior/Senior High School, police say.

The other teen allegedly helped LaDue by buying 15 pounds of potassium perchlorate and helping him create the incendiary devices. Police say those devices were set off by the teen and LaDue at Oak Park and near Waseca Junior/Senior High School.

A 40-year-old man has also been charged after he admitted to selling a handgun and magazine to John in the fall of 2013. Police say Michael Jacobs of Waseca failed to advise law enforcement of the sale, which is required by law.

Despite the new charges, police still believe John was the only person who planned to attack students and staff at Waseca Junior/Senior High School and that the others didn’t know about the plot.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Broken Clouds
84° | 65°
  • Feels like: 56° F
  • Wind: SW 5mph
  • Humidity: 97%