EVERETT — A suspect was arrested Tuesday in an armed robbery that was meant to pay for guns and explosives for use in an Everett school shooting, according to police.
Detectives believe a second student at ACES High School helped Joshua Alexander O’Connor, 18, when he allegedly used a rifle to hold up a convenience store on W. Casino Road around 9 p.m. Feb. 12.
They escaped with $100. The money was supposed to fund O’Connor’s plans to shoot up their school, according to his journal entries recounted in charging papers.
O’Connor’s grandmother called police Feb. 13, when she found the alarming entries and a 9mm Hi Point carbine hidden in his guitar case. O’Connor described the robbery in his journal, and wrote that a “friend” had helped him.
The robbers wore masks with the likenesses of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, according to search warrant records. Matching masks were found at O’Connor’s home.
DNA tests came back as a match for the second student, 18, police said. He was booked into jail for investigation of first-degree robbery. At this point, police don’t believe the second student was part of O’Connor’s school shooting plans.