Three people were arrested in Garyville, Lousiana Tuesday after attending a pre-kindergarten graduation while possessing firearms.
The guns were illegally brought on school property at St. John the Baptist Parish during the graduation ceremony, according to FOX 8. A man, a woman, and an underage minor were charged with crimes.
They are 24-year-old Nick Melancon, 25-year-old Jaquanna Monique Cage, and a 16-year-old who is unidentified because of his age. https://t.co/HR0UX0cIa9
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Two of the armed individuals have been identified as 24-year-old Nick Melancon of Reserve and 25-year-old Jaquanna Monique Cage of LaPlace, WDSU 6 News reported. The 16-year-old juvenile remains unidentified because of his age.
Sheriff Mike Tegre received a tip about armed suspects at Garyville-Mt. Airy Magnet School, the campus whose students were graduating, FOX 8 reported. (RELATED: Schools Ban Backpacks Over Gun Concerns)
The school was placed on lockdown by deputies who approached the suspects when they were in a car. Melancon and the unidentified minor allegedly attempted to run away from deputies before being arrested.
An AK47 with a loaded magazine was found on the passenger floorboard of the car when it was searched by authorities, Tegre said. The 16-year-old boy was in possession of a 20-round box of ammunition as well. He was already on house arrest with an ankle monitor on drugs and weapons charges, according to WDSU 6 News.
A vehicle belonging to Cage contained two firearms, one being a handgun converted into a fully automatic gun. The three arrived at the school in Cage’s car, Tegre said.
Cage and Malancon were both booked with carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student or non-student on school property, at a school sponsored functions, or in a firearm free zone, the outlet reported. There is an outstanding judicial warrant for Cage for simple criminal damage to property under $1,000 and she is being held on a $251,000 bond.
The 16-year-old suspect is in custody at the Sherman Walker Correctional Facility, facing charges of resisting an officer, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile, and carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student or non-student on school property, at a school sponsored functions, or in a firearm free zone, according to WDSU.