A Madison West High School student was arrested after a loaded gun was found in his backpack, says Madison Police.
Tyrese T. Williams was arrested on Jan. 21 after police say a loaded gun was in his backpack. (Source: Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office)
Police department spokesman Joel DeSpain said a school resource officer was notified Tuesday morning that a student may have a gun in the building.
DeSpain said the gun was found in Tyrese T. Williams’ backpack. The 18-year-old was arrested for possessing a firearm in a school zone.
According to Tim Lemonds, the school district spokesperson, in an interview with NBC15 News: “The way the principal and her team and especially our educational resource officer — the way they were able to respond quickly and isolate this student and make that area safe for other students, to address the issue — was exactly the way we train.”
15-year-old car thief ‘arrested multiple times’
From the Madison police blotter: 01-18-2020 — Mother Nature assisted in the apprehension of a teen, who is well known to the MPD, Saturday afternoon.
Officers had been sent to Birch Hill Drive (in Meadowood) after a community member noticed a SUV with its rear windows open. It had been that way all night. The witness knows the area to be one where car thieves have dumped vehicles in the past, and saw the situation — in the middle of a Wisconsin winter — as potentially suspicious.
As officers arrived, they saw a 15-year-old near a stolen Honda Pilot.
The teen has been arrested multiple times in the past for offenses like operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, entry into locked vehicle, burglary, and battery.
At the moment, the suspect was asking a homeowner, who was out clearing snow from his driveway, if he (the teen) could borrow a scraper to clear the windows of the Pilot. Officers sneaked up on the teen. He tried to run, but did not go far. He was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.
Officers receive information on a daily basis from the M-P-D’s Criminal Intelligence Section regarding vehicles that are currently stolen that officers should attempt to locate. Currently there are 17 vehicles on what is known as the “Hot Sheet.”
The MPD works hard to find and return vehicles to their owners; however, per MPD policy, officers very infrequently engage in a pursuits out of concern for community safety.
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