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Police: Teen arrested with stolen gun

Posted: 3:01 PM, Sep 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 16:44:56-04

A Ville Platte teen was arrested last week for possessing a stolen gun that sparked a lockdown at a local school, according to police.

The Ville Platte Police Department received a report on August 30 at 11 a.m. in reference to a juvenile carrying a gun near Ville Platte High School. The school was placed on lockdown, according to Chief Neal Lartigue.

Officers and detectives obtained information which led them to a residence on High School Drive. Police say the juvenile would not open the door and parents were contacted to return to the home to gain entry. Once the parent arrived, entry was made and a fourteen-year-old juvenile was taken into custody.

A stolen gun was located inside the home, stated Lartigue.

The teen was arrested on charges of illegal possession of a stolen firearm, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile and one count of possession of a firearm in a school zone.

“Someone reporting what they saw provided officers and detectives with information that assisted them with removing a dangerous weapon from the streets of our city,” said Chief Lartigue. “Had this information not been reported in a timely manner, the outcome could have been much different. It is important for the community that suspicious activity gets reported quickly.”