A judge dismissed Ronald Kendall’s charge of possession of a firearm on school property in Aug. 2017.
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (Jan. 19, 2016)– Police say a man was arrested Tuesday at Plainfield High School during a community forum.
Ronald Kendall, 37, of Avon was taken into custody after being escorted from the forum. Police found a firearm on his person.
Initially, Kendall told police the gun was not loaded. It was later discovered that the gun was in fact loaded.
He was arrested for possessing a firearm on school property. He was cooperative with police.
“It is a level 6 felony to have a firearm in a school building,” said Plainfield Police Cpt. Jill Lees.
Hundreds of parents gathered in the auditorium of the school to hear the latest from federal and state authorities on the progress made in investigating cyber threats made to Plainfield schools and businesses.
The FBI said they have served 200 subpoenas related to the threats. Citing difficulty in getting information on the suspect’s IP address, the FBI said the investigation could go on for weeks or months still. Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Instigators said the suspect is concealing their identity and taking measures to hide the IP address.
“I would rather have an amount of frustration, versus this guy here in the same room with me, with a gun,” said one parent.
After a parent asked why those in attendance weren’t searched before the meeting, state police said the suspect may be at the meeting, and they didn’t consider the suspect a threat.
Parents brought up other issues including students not being checked consistently when they come to school. One parent said she was not searched when she came to the school to eat lunch with her daughter. Parents also asked if teachers are trained in active shooter situations. School representatives said teachers, staff, and students are trained of different levels of lock downs and shooter situations.
The FBI said they do not believe the threats are tied to terrorism. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said when the person is caught, they will likely be charged with internet threats. Investigators called the threats child sextortion and said the suspect will be caught.
Officials asked parents to stop commenting on social media when the suspect posts and said they believe someone knows something who hasn’t come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.
— Shannon Houser (@Shannon_Houser) January 19, 2016
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