A man was arrested Friday night for carrying a loaded firearm on school grounds after basketball game between Carroll and Wossman High School.
Monroe Police arrested Jaylond Bernard Roberson, 23, Friday night, February 11, after a security guard spotted him holding the handle of a weapon inside his pants pocket.
According to the official police report: Police were on alert because they had received reports from multiple sources that people from the southside and eastside were planning a shootout after the basketball game held at the school.
The report said because of the tips they received, police began scanning the parking lot in front of the Wossman High School gymnasium. “At this time, we observed a large group of males gathering up near the band room. As officers approached this group.” Officers notice Roberson standing by himself, but Roberson became startled upon his initial sight of officer K. Wilson as he walked past him.”
Officer Anthony Cowan reported that “As I approached Roberson, I noticed that he was holding the handle of a black firearm inside his pants pocket. Roberson was immediately apprehended and disarmed.”
According to the report, Officer Cowan seized a fully loaded Taurus G2 9mm bearing a chambered round from Roberson’s right pants pocket.
The report said Roberson admitted that after the basketball game he retrieved the weapon from a friend’s car. Roberson told police that he “believed a shooting was going to take place” because he knew he was from the Southside and the other parties planning the shootout were from the eastside.
The report said there were between 100 and 150 people exiting the gymnasium.
The report noted that Wossman is a firearm-free zone.
Roberson was charged with one count of carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon on school property and one count of illegal carrying of weapons- first offense.
The penalty for carrying a firearm on school property is a fine of not more than two thousand dollars, and imprisonment, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than five years, or both.