Teen in bomb plot subject of neighbor complaints
Tampa Police arrested Jared Cano after finding bomb-making materials in his apartment at 15501 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. DAVE KRAUT/STAFF
Cano, 17, was arrested Tuesday after Tampa police say they found bomb-making materials, marijuana-growing equipment and a "manifesto" in his room outlining plans to set off explosive devices at Freedom High School. Police Chief Jane Castor said that in the manifesto, Cano wrote that he wanted to surpass the death told at Columbine High School, where 13 students were killed in 1999. Cano was targeting two specific school employees and wanted to kill as many as 30 random students, the chief said.
Parries said she wanted nothing to do with Cano well before he was arrested Tuesday.
Cano had been bullying Liberty Middle School students – including her son Alex - at the neighborhood bus stop last year, she said.
The two knew each other through mutual friends, but after the bullying incident, Parries said, she had to call Cano's mother.
"My son Alex had mutual friends with Jared," said Parries. "I told his mother I didn't want him to hang out with my son."
Despite the problems, Parries said she was sympathetic toward Cano's mother, a math teacher at Riverview High School.
"She is a hard-working mother," said Parries. "Her daughter is a really good student."
During the conversation, Parries said, Cano's mother "seemed like she was at her wits end. Nothing was working."
Problems between the two families continued in March, 2010, when
Cano was charged with stealing a gun from Parries' father, John Robert Parries.
"We called the cops on him and stuff," said Parries.
Police say that Alex Parries, now 13, was waiting for his aunt to pick him up for a trip. Cano and another teen arrived and asked to come inside. But Alex Parries, according to a report, was not supposed to have friends over, so when his aunt arrived, he told Cano and Fleming to stay in the apartment until he left.
When John Robert Parries came home, he discovered his black Hawes .25 caliber handgun missing and called police.
When police came to arrest Cano, they had to knock several times before the door opened and Cano appeared, according to a report. He was holding a metal baseball bat in his right hand.
Police told him to drop it.
Sgt. John Preyer grabbed his right arm, but he still refused to comply.
After the sixth command, he dropped the bat, and, after being read his Miranda rights, told them that he took the gun.
The charges were eventually dropped because John Robert Parries is a convicted felon and should not have had a gun in the first place, police say.
It was around this time that Cano was expelled from Freedom High School, though school officials will say only it was for an "off-campus" incident.
Jessica Parries said that Cano was often seen around the apartment complex, hanging around "with older kids who were school-skippers and smoked and stuff."
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