An alert Monroe police officer working security at a Monroe Area High School basketball game on the evening of Jan. 28 averted a fight and the quick response of police officers resulted in the arrest of a visiting student and the recovery of a stolen gun.
According to the police report, the incident began when MPD Sgt. A. Harris and Lt. B. Davis were working security during a home basketball game, making sure no students went onto the gym floor during the game. Harris reports that he noticed a student walk up the bleachers and hand his jacket to a female student. At the same time, three other students exited the gym. He alerted Davis that it looked like something was about to go down and as they walked up the bleacher to investigate, the entire gym of about “300 to 500” students began to exit the gym. There were still about 4 minutes on the clock.
When Harris and Davis made it outside, the students began running back inside shouting, “they’ve got a gun.” Students told the officers that four visitors, allegedly with a gun, left in a black Tahoe. The 911 center was immediately notified and by the time the vehicle had made it to the intersection of Charlotte Rowell Blvd and State Route 11, responding officers were able to make a felony stop and order the students out of the vehicle at gunpoint. A Glock handgun was allegedly located under the second row of seats and, on checking, came back as stolen. An amount of money was also located in the vehicle. The vehicle was towed for evidence and the four students were taken into custody. The driver was subsequently arrested and charged for the stolen weapon.
MAHS students interviewed about the incident reported that words exchanged in text messages with some Morgan County boys had resulted in them allegedly coming to the game to fight. Walton County Public School spokesperson Callen Moore said they were grateful for the quick action of the Monroe police officers in averting what could have turned out to be a bad situation.
“We appreciate the Monroe Police Department’s quick response in handling this matter. The safety and security of our students, teachers and visitors is our top priority,” Moore said. “We value our partnerships with local law enforcement agencies to help ensure the safety of our campuses.”
The City of Monroe Police Department reported this as well as the following incidents for the period Jan. 23 – 30, 2020. Due to the length, this report has been split into five parts. This is the fourth part. Please note an arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.
- Juvenile Problem – Magnolia Terr. A 7-year-old and 9-year-old juvenile involved in a playground scuffle, parents were spoken to and the situation was mediated.
- Found property – Great Oaks Dr., Cocina Fuentes. Ref to a wallet. Dispatch had contact and owner came to the PD to pick it up.
- Request to meet – S. View Dr. Reference to opening a locked house with 2-year-old juvenile inside. Door was opened with no visible damage and juvenile appeared ok.
- Assault – Harris St. In reference to complainant stating that subject attacked her, an investigation was conducted. Due to conflicting stories, no charges were taken
- Welfare Check – Indian Creek Dr.- Caller stated she could not get in contact with her uncle. Contact was made and he advised all was ok.
- Dispute – Forest Lane- Complainant stated that his daughter was upset, and he was concerned she was breaking things. Contact made with the daughter who advised she was emotional, but everything was ok. No crime committed. Remedies given.
- Meet with Officer – Walker Dr. In reference to subject advising he has a water leak and was given a key to the water valve by Monroe Utilities to cut it on and off as needed. He wanted to advise the Officer that the water meter is located on his neighbors’ property and that he is not allowed on the property. He was advised of remedies.
- Suspicious vehicle – Ridge Road Complainant advised that someone was parked beside her vehicle and filming her. She was advised of options. Report taken.
- Suicide threats – Magnolia Terrace- Subject advised all was ok and she was not trying to harm herself.
- Civil Issue -Domino’s Pizza – Complainant was upset that she did not get her sauces with her pizza that she wanted. Domino’s offered to remake to give her the sauces and cheesy bread. Complainant refused the offer and left.
- 911 Hang Up – Holly Hill Rd. In reference to subject having a mental episode. She declined EMS and transport to the hospital. She was advised that she needs to see a doctor in order to get her medication on track. All ok.
- Fight – Monroe Area High School- Officers on location requested assistance due to a fight in the parking lot. While back up was en route officers on scene advised a subject had a gun and got into a dark-colored SUV. The vehicle was located by responding Officers. A felony stop was conducted, and a stolen firearm was located in the vehicle. The four occupants were transported to Monroe Police Department and interviewed by Criminal Investigation Division.