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Teen arrested after bringing stolen, loaded gun to Md. school, giving fake name, ID

This photo shows police at Paint Branch High School after a report of a student with a knife on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (SkyTrak7)

BURTONSVILLE, Md. (AP/WJLA) -- Police say a teenager who took a stolen, loaded gun to a Maryland high school near Washington has been charged as an adult with several offenses.

Montgomery County police tell news outlets 17-year-old Elijah Nyamekye brought the .38-caliber revolver Tuesday morning to Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville. Police found the gun stolen from Pennsylvania in his bag.

Police spokesman Rick Goodale says that the 17-year-old Silver Spring boy is not a Paint Branch student, and he fled after offering a fake name and student identification number. He was arrested off-campus and charged with possessing a stolen handgun and other offenses. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.

The school's principal told parents in a letter that she commends the security staff for their vigilance.

At the same high school last week, a 16-year-old student was charged with bringing a knife and bullets inside of a sandwich bag to Paint Branch High School.

Police say the 16-year-old in that case is charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on school property. He was released to the custody of a guardian.

RELATED, June 7, 2018: Student charged with bringing knife, bullets in sandwich bag to Paint Branch HS in Md.


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