Trespassing at Md. High School Leads to Weapons Seizure

After school officials grew suspicious of the 25-year-old former student, who is charged with trespassing in the incident, police found a collection of guns and ammunition at his home

By NBC Washington Staff
|  Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013  |  Updated 6:51 PM EDT
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Guns Seized After Anne Arundel Trespassing Incident

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A high school trespassing incident in Maryland has led to a weapons seizure at a man's home — though school officials stressed that no threats were made against students.

On Monday, 25-year-old former student Justin Matthew Beaumont came onto the grounds of North County High School in Glen Burnie, a suburb of Baltimore, at around dismissal time, according to police.

School staff alerted school resource officers, who grew suspicious after talking to the man. They called police.

Lt. J.D. Batten of Anne Arundel County Police told NBC Washington News4 that Beaumont mentioned he had been bullied when he was a student at the school and that he seemed curious about the school's security.

"My understanding from police is that the man, who spent two months at our school in 2002, made some comments ... that warranted further investigation," Principal William Heiser said in a letter to parents obtained by News4. "As a result, the man's vehicle was searched and police later conducted a search of the man's home."

At Beaumont's home, police found several guns: An AK-47, which was loaded with a 30-round magazine; an unloaded Uzi; two unloaded, 8-millimeter bolt-action rifles; an unloaded .22-caliber handgun; a loaded .380-caliber handgun with a laser sight; a 9-millimeter barrel and silencer; and numerous boxes and magazines of ammunition.

All these weapons appear to be legally owned by Beaumont, who did not have weapons at the school or in his car. The weapons were seized for safekeeping pending his evaluation by mental health professionals, police said.

Beaumont is charged with trespassing on posted property, a misdemeanor. He is currently undergoing medical treatment, police said.

"While this is alarming, I want to be emphatically clear that at no time did the man speak to any students and at no time did he make any threats whatsoever toward our school, our employees, or our students," the letter from Heiser read.

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