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20-year-old Minnesota college student charged with threats of terrorism

A 20-year-old Minnesota college student was charged with 4 felony counts on Monday after campus officials searched his dorm room and found several items that pointed to him planning an attack on the campus.  


Waylon Sieber Kurts, 20, was charged with the following counts - conspiracy to commit threats of violence, conspiracy to commit 2nd-degree assault degree with a deadly weapon, and terrorist threats. Kurts is also charged with misdemeanor theft.  


Kurts's dorm room was searched on April 5th after two St. Olaf custodial staff found two empty packages of high-capacity magazines in a garbage bin outside of his dorm. One of the packages was for a 60-round magazine for a rifle and the other was a 24-round magazine for a Glock handgun.   


The St. Olaf Public Safety searched his room and found a tactical vest with three pockets for rifle magazines, an empty box of ammunition, two empty boxes for 60-round rifle magazine drums, tactical and folding knives, firearm earmuffs, 6 propane containers, 3 rifle magazine carriers, a 24 round extended magazine for a Glock handgun, fireworks, lighter fluid, a note with St. Olaf public safety radio frequency written on it, battery with wires, lockpicks, and a notebook with extensive writings.  


The notebook writings included a hand-drawn map of the campus recreational facility with markings for entry and exit ways, as well as a plan with three other people to steal 308 rounds of ammunition from Walmart. An additional page with the preface “spend more money on it if it results in a more compatible direct result” was found as well. This page lists three different categories of radio communication equipment and a note for a “shoot house.” A shoot house is an indoor range that is used to train military and law enforcement for close indoor combat.


Northfield police arrested Kurts on April 6th. Police searched Kurts’s vehicle and found another notebook detailing areas to shoot someone, that combat is faster than you think, and shooting in the T-box equals instant death. The T-box is the area located between the nose and the forehead.


When questioned by the campus public safety team, Kurts said he was a gun enthusiast and he thought the firearms and gear he had in his room were in accordance with campus policy. He refused his vehicle to be searched by campus staff, saying that he would only consent to a search if the police bring him a warrant. Kurts’s court date hasn't been scheduled. 


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