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K-Park student charged with gun possession

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

B.R. Kimbro

A 17-year-old Kingwood Park High School student is in jail after Humble ISD police discovered him in possession of a gun Monday morning a few blocks away from the school, according to Humble ISD and the Harris County District Clerk's Office.

The suspect, Jeremy T. Engelhardt, is charged with felony exhibition of a firearm on public school property as well as misdemeanor evading arrest/detention, according to court documents.

Lisa Drabing, principal of KPHS, sent a letter home to parents Monday stating that an officer arrested a student about 9:15 a.m. yesterday. Drabing emphasized that the arrest was not made on school grounds but that the district officer spotted the student near North Park and Forest Bluff Drive and began questioning him.

“Instead of answering the officer’s question, the 17-year-old ran away,” Drabing said. “The officer chased him and detained him, discovering the weapon.”

The arrest reportedly occurred while the district officer was patrolling the same neighborhood that Engelhardt's residence is listed at, court documents show. However, it is not clear why he is charged with exhibition of a firearm on school grounds.

“This arrest occurred because an officer on patrol in the neighborhood was alert to suspicious teenage behavior and took quick, effective action,” Drabing said.

“It is important to note that the weapon was not brought on campus, and while the investigation is still ongoing, there is nothing to indicate that the student had a plan for using the weapon,” she added.

Engelhardt was booked into Harris County Jail on $6,000 combined bond.

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