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Police charge man they say had air gun on Shrewsbury Elementary property
A man faces a misdemeanor charge after police say he was spotted with an air rifle near Shrewsbury Elementary School earlier this month.
Southern Regional Police Chief Jim Boddington said the 18-year-old was seen Feb. 5 behind Shrewsbury Elementary with what appeared to be a rifle.
Police identified the man as Jack Frobenius, of Shrewsbury. He is charged with a misdemeanor of possessing a weapon on school property, as well as citations of trespassing on school grounds and disorderly conduct.
Spotted: According to Boddington, the school's principal saw Frobenius walking around the back of the school's property. Once spotted, Frobenius fled into the woods, Boddington said.
Boddington said officers responded and contained Frobenius to the 10- to 15-acre woods behind the school.
“We had him contained almost immediately, he said.
The school was placed on lockdown, and officers were able to locate Frobenius about 45 minutes later. He was hiding in some thick brush, without the gun, according to the chief.
Boddington said the gun was later found. He said it was a spring-operated air pellet rifle.
“It looks just like a real rifle," he said.
Boddington said Frobenius told authorities he was hunting squirrels. However, according to the chief, Frobenius didn't have a license to do so.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has cited Frobenius with violating rules and regulations as well as unlawful hunting in a safety zone.
A phone number could not be found for Frobenius Thursday, and he does not have an attorney listed.
Frobenius was arraigned on the charges Friday, Feb. 16. He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bail.
Caution: Boddington said the officers did a good job handling the situation.
"We got the kid, the kids were safe — we took care of the problem," he said.
The chief said he didn't think Frobenius was intending to hurt anyone. However, he said officers have to act as if there is a real threat.
“We could have had just like we had in Florida for all we know," he said. "This day and age, we don’t take the chance.”
An expelled student is accused of bringing a gun to a Florida high school and killing 17 people on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Following the Florida shooting, Boddington urged people to be observant.
“Hey, don’t be paranoid, be observant, be alert, if you see something that doesn't look right, call somebody — let us check it out," he said.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.