Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Thursday, February 15, 2007
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Juvenile suspects arrested after school gun report

Riverside, Ca- Three male juveniles were arrested Thursday morning following reports of a man brandishing a gun at John W. North High School in Riverside.

Riverside Police dispatch received the call at 7:45 a.m. and several police ground units and the police helicopter immediately responded. Witnesses reported that three Hispanic males confronted one black male youth in the parking lot on the Linden Avenue side of the school property. After threatening the black youth, one of the three Hispanic males was seen pulling out what was described as a small black handgun. The suspects then fled from the campus.

Follow-up investigation led police officers to an apartment residence in the 3500-block of Chicago Avenue, where the three juvenile suspects were found and arrested, within 20 minutes of the original call. No firearm was found at the time of arrest.

The suspect who allegedly displayed the gun is a 14-year-old former North student dropout, from Riverside. His two companions are a 17-year-old continuation student at Riverside County’s Arlington Avenue Regional Learning Center, from Highgrove; and a 14-year-old student at Raincross High School, from Highgrove. The 14-year-old Raincross student was questioned, cited for truancy, and released to parents. The other two suspects are being charged with bringing a firearm onto school grounds and assault with a deadly weapon, with gang enhancement. Both were also cited for violation of probation. They will be booked into Juvenile Hall.

The North High School campus was minimally affected because the suspects had left the scene and were reported arrested before classes began for the day.