ON THIS DATE in 2001, an eighteen year old developing photographs at a Longs Drug Store in San Jose, California, came across a series of images of a man posing with bombs and firearms. Kelly Bennett called the police and successfully delayed the suspect when he arrived for his photographs. An investigation uncovered a plot by Al DeGuzman, nineteen, to attack the campus of Cupertino’s De Anza Community College the next day with an arsenal of 60 bombs, two rifles, and two sawed-off shotguns.
Formerly a student at the college, DeGuzman would be convicted in 2002 of 54 counts of possessing a destructive device and 54 counts of possessing a destructive device with intent to harm. Prosecutors said that without Bennett’s tip, DeGuzman might have killed at least 50 students.