Suspect in attempted robbery at Newport News school turns himself in

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 9:39 PM

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NEWPORT NEWS--The suspect in the attempted robbery of a student at Menchville High School in Newport News turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.

Police say Latavis Crocker surrendered at police headquarters around 1:00 p.m. 

Crocker allegedly pulled a gun on a 17-year-old in one of the school bathrooms on Tuesday afternoon.  He left when the teen said he didn't have anything, said police spokesman Lou Thurston.

The student wasn't hurt.

Crocker, 18, is a part-time student at Menchville, said Newport News Schools spokeswoman Michelle Price.

While Menchville has metal detectors, searches are done at random, she added. Price says scanning all students takes about two hours. After an incident like this, more frequent searches are possible, she stated.

Police were on hand for the morning arrivals and parents were called last night to tell them about the incident.

"It’s scary. I didn’t expect it. I thought we had enough security over there," said parent Kim Roddey. "They definitely need to be using the security system over there. Isn’t that what taxpayers pay money for - to make sure our kids are safe when they go to school?"

Crocker  is facing charges of robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm on school grounds.

 

 

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