Reporting Meghan McCorkell
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ)— School scare. An arsenal of weapons was found inside the home of a man after police say he snuck into the back door of a Glen Burnie high school.
Meghan McCorkell has more on this safety alert.
That man is now charged with trespassing and is in the hospital undergoing a mental evaluation after police say he made some alarming statements to officers after sneaking inside the school.
A loaded AK-47, an Uzi assault weapon and two bolt action rifles and multiple handguns were all seized from the home of a man found trespassing inside a school. North County High School staff say Justin Beaumont, 25, followed an employee through a loading dock door Monday. When confronted, he talked about being bullied there as a former student.
“He made some inquiries about the school’s security procedures and he talked very briefly about his own military experience,” said Lt. J.D. Batten, Anne Arundel County Police.
Police didn’t find any firearms on Beaumont inside the school but they did find an empty handgun holster inside his car.
The bizarre incident led police to obtain a search warrant for Beaumont’s home where they found the guns and lots of ammunition–all legally owned.
No one answered the door at the Glen Burnie address.
One neighbor says it’s a shock.
“As far as people living in here, everyone is private,” said one neighbor. “I mean, that’s surprising to me.”
“I never really thought that was going to happen to our school,” said North County student Nick Jackson.
County officials say the Newtown school shooting led them to be overly cautious in this case.
“We live in an age that will probably never be the same again after Connecticut,” Batten said.
“Who knows what might have happened? Who knows if anything would have happened,” said acting County Executive John Hammond.
Investigators say Beaumont never made any threats. He will be taken into custody when he’s out of the hospital.
We’ve learned Beaumont served in the National Guard. He only attended North County High School for two months in 2002.
Beaumont has had one other interaction with Anne Arundel County Police, but they will not release details of when and what happened.