Authorities identify 'conspirators' arrested in Grandview school threat case

Four teenagers appear in court

Court officials have identified the four teenage Grandview High School students being held as co-conspirators in a plot to shoot other students.

Jacob Anthony Knott, 14, John Sanders, 15, and Khalia Avalos, 15, appeared in Yakima County Superior Court on Monday after being arrested a day earlier.

While they have yet to be formally charged, a judge set their bail at $15,000 each.

The fourth suspect, Daniel McGhan, 15, of Grandview, went before a judge yesterday afternoon.

Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said formal charges would come at arraignment and a charging decision would likely be made today, Wednesday, Feb. 28.

The investigation started Friday, Feb. 23, after high school students reported hearing a conversation involving threats of shooting unnamed Grandview High School students.

All four of the arrested are or were Grandview High School students; the School District has expelled them.

McGhan, was arrested without incident at 7:30 a.m. Monday, a day after the others, Grandview Police Chief Kal Fuller said, noting the boy’s parents are assisting in the investigation.

According to Fuller, an investigation uncovered electronic records showing a photograph of McGhan with a handgun.

Fuller said the handgun was found and is being kept as evidence.

“During the investigation, after the prior three arrests, we developed information tying this fourth suspect with the other conspirators,” Fuller said.

Fuller said the case appears to be coming to a conclusion after “many hours of work.”

He thanked the School District and parents for their help.

“We still have a I little minor follow-up to do, but we do not believe there is any ongoing threat to anyone in the Grandview School District,” he said.


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