During the first week of school, School Resource Officers at Arapahoe High School arrested an 18-year-old man, Connor Beals, for allegedly pointing a gun at two teenagers at a King Soopers near the …
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During the first week of school, School Resource Officers at Arapahoe High School arrested an 18-year-old man, Connor Beals, for allegedly pointing a gun at two teenagers at a King Soopers near the school, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office announced on Aug. 22 in a Facebook post.
At around 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 18, Deputy James Englert and Deputy Dan Tipton were approached by two teenagers, one of whom is a student at Arapahoe High School, who told them that a man had “pulled a gun on them as they were walking near the high school,” according to the post.
A letter from Littleton Public Schools’ director of security and emergency planning, Bob Spinuzza, stated a man in his car near the King Soopers to the south of the school had “brandished what appeared to be a handgun” towards the two teenagers, according to the post.
The teenagers came back across the street to the school campus and reported the incident to Englert and Tipton, who were both standing near the crosswalk close by, the letter said.
Englert and Tipton were able to locate the suspect in a vehicle across the street from the high school within minutes, according to the post.
“They were very close by, so they just went across the street and found him immediately. They had a description of a car and a license plate, and so they spotted him immediately,” said Ginger Delgado, a public information officer for Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
They searched the vehicle and found a firearm, and immediately arrested Beals on suspicion of felony menacing, the post said. Beals was booked into the Arapahoe County Detention Center.
Delgado said that Beals was not a student at Arapahoe High School.
“He had no connection to the school. He just knew someone that went to the school, which is why he was there,” Delgado said.
Local law enforcement and district security did not place Arapahoe High School on a “secure” status — meaning that there is concern outside the building, and the school’s outside doors are locked and students and staff remain inside the school — because “the incident was over before a ‘Secure’ could be called,” Spinuzza’s letter said.
Those interested in learning more about the school district’s safety and security protocols can visit: littletonpublicschools.net/security-and-emergency-planning.
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