TAMPA - 17-year-old Jared Cano, accused of plotting to kill dozens of people at Freedom High School, has been arrested twice for firearm offenses. The first was for a stun gun in 2008 and the second for a pistol in 2010.
But guns aren't the only factor linking the arrests.
The 2008 report details Cano "growing verbally angry ... by yelling profanity at his mother and in general."
When officers confronted him last year, the report claims he answered the door with a red, aluminum baseball bat that he held "in an aggressive manner."
"He said all that was in his past, that he moved on," Cano's friend said.
The friend, who stood beside Cano the night he was arrested, wants his name concealed.
The two often played video games together, which is exactly what they planned to do last night when a strange man walked up.
"I said, 'Who are you? I live here,'" he recounted. "He said, 'I'm a police officer,' pulled out his badge and arrested Jared right there."
He thought the arrest might have something to do with weed.
Cano is vocal about the drug on his Facebook page, claiming he's set to graduate next year from the University of Marijuana.
He's also posted pictures drinking malt liquor and holding what appears to be a machete, another weapon that could point back to anger Cano's friend says his latest arrest might reflect.
"He doesn't know how to vent. I told him, 'Dude, go in your room, scream in your pillow or something."
Cano's friend even believes accusations the teen wrote a detailed manifesto about his plan to kill dozens of people at his former high school was simply a misguided effort to release his anger.
"He wouldn't go and do something like that. He'd say he's going to in the heat of the moment but that's his way of venting, I guess," he said. "I think he was just venting anger on a piece of paper."
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