D.A.’s Office: Columbine-style attack contemplated

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

In court Tuesday morning prosecutors say a former Palisade High School student was looking to get his hands on explosives so he could, “go Columbine," on the school.

Robert Dell Johnson, who remains in custody, is the 18-year-old student who was arrested Sept. 28.

He's being charged with solicitation to commit possession of explosives or an incendiary device, which is a class five felony, one of the least serious felony classes.

The District Attorney's office says the investigation against Johnson is ongoing.

He is also charged with interference with staff, faculty or students of an educational institution, which is a misdemeanor.

Johnson's attorney argued that, typically, bond for charges of this degree sits at $3,000. But Johnson's bond was set at $100,000. His attorney adds that she has yet to see the arrest affidavit, which remains sealed, and that her client is not a danger at this time.

Prosecutors argued against a reduction in bond, saying there are aggravating circumstances in this case.

The District Attorney's office then revealed several details from the arrest affidavit, saying that Johnson allegedly approached another individual and asked for explosives, or information about how to make a bomb because he wanted to, "go Columbine" on Palisade High School.

In court Tuesday morning, prosecutors continued to pull information from the affidavit, saying that, according to the investigation, seven days later, Johnson approached someone else, in front of witnesses, and asked again for explosive devises, such as C-4 or dynamite.

The prosecution also revealed on Tuesday that according to that sealed arrest affidavit, Johnson admitted to investigators that he had asked for information on explosives. The DA’s office says that, according to the arrest affidavit, Johnson said he wanted to go out in a blaze of glory, like Columbine.

The judge denied a reduction in bond, and the case will be revisited in another hearing later this month.


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