- A conversation between two student of Greece Odyssey Academy has led to the arrest of four people
- The four suspects are connected with an alleged plan to bomb a New York Muslim community
- Firearms and bombs belonging to the suspects and their relatives were recovered at different locations
A carefree conversation between two students on Friday, January 18, in Greece Odyssey Academy has led to the arrest of four people who are in connection with an alleged bomb attack on a Muslim community in New York.
The police chief of Greece, Patrick Phelean, said the plan to make the arrest started when a 16 year-old showed a schoolmate the picture of a person on his phone with the careless comment of “he looks like the next school shooter, doesn't he?", USA Today reports.
The comment worried other students around and they reported it to the school officials, who made a formal complaint to the police.
Investigations into the comment were carried out and it led to the arrest of Brian Colaneri, Vincent Vetromile, Greece, Andrew Crysel and the student who made the comment on Saturday, January 19. The student faces the same felony charges with the alleged attackers.
The three accused men are held with the bail condition of either $50,000 bail or $100,000, while the student is being held on a $1 million bail. However, the person in the picture shown on the phone was not arrested but helped in the investigation leading to the arrest.
Firearms and bombs of different sizes belonging to the accused and their relatives were recovered at different locations with the help of the investigations.
The investigations revealed that preparation for the attack has been on for about a month. However, nothing has shown if the attackers chose any specific date to carry out the terror.
The district superintendent of police, Kathleen Graupman, was grateful that the students reported the case promptly as she commented on how the students used what they learnt in school to act accordingly.
She said: "They trusted their instincts and used what they learned in school. By coming forward with their information, their actions changed the narrative.
"The outcome of this investigation proves that our system works. I want to emphasize that our schools are safe because of the actions of many."
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