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Trespassing at Anne Arundel School Leads to Weapons Seizure



    Pat Collins reports on a man arrested after getting into a school in Anne Arundel County. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013)

    A high school trespassing incident in Anne Arundel County 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 on to the grounds of North County High School in Glen Burnie 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 News4's Pat Collins 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.

    Reaction to Trespassing Arrest

    [DC] Reaction to Trespassing Arrest
    Richard Jordan gets reaction from parents and neighbors after a man is arrested for trespassing at a high school in Anne Arundel County.
    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013)

    "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-milimeter 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.

    Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.