Police: Man brought gun on Goodridge Academy property

A York City man remains in York County Prison on $250,000 bail after police say he brought a gun onto the property of Goodridge Academy late last month.

York City Police say Luis Ja Rivera-Alvarado, 18, displayed a handgun to students as he looked into the cafeteria window Thursday, May 31.

Rivera-Alvarado, of the 100 block of West Jackson Street, is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, receiving stolen property and possessing a weapon on school property.

Luis Rivera-Alvarado

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Incident outside: York City Police were called by the York City School District's police chief after a student had been seen having a fight outside the school with Rivera-Alvarado about 11:30 a.m. that day, according to officials.

Rivera-Alvarado got into a "verbal dispute" with a student while a physical education class was being held outside, Erin James, spokeswoman for the York City School District, said in a statement Monday, June 4.

Staff then directed the man to leave the property, and while he left, he made a "threatening remark" to students and staff, the statement reads.

Rivera-Alvarado is not affiliated with the district, she said. 

Moved inside: After the incident outside, the York City School District Police directed all students inside, and outdoor activities were canceled, according to James. While students were inside, students saw the man, who police identified as Rivera-Alvarado, from the windows, according to the statement.

Charging documents state that he approached a cafeteria window and displayed a handgun to the students inside. 

Students were moved from the windows, and school police responded to locate the man walking from the property, according to the district. School police officers followed him and called for assistance from York City Police, and officers from both departments worked together to apprehend him, James said.

Officials found Rivera-Alvarado in the area of the 100 block of West Mason Avenue, according to court documents. He was taken into custody and searched, and authorities found a 9mm Glock handgun with 27 rounds in the magazine, police said.

The gun, according to authorities, was reported stolen.

Additionally, he was found with a mask covering the lower portion of his face, charging documents indicate.

Arrest: After Rivera-Alvarado was arrested, police said, he told officers he didn't know the gun was stolen. He said he sold food stamps to buy the gun, officials said. Rivera-Alvarado also would not tell police who sold him the gun, charging documents state.

He told authorities he fought the Goodridge student because the student had called him a snitch, charging documents state.

Officer Justin Main asked if he was "gang-affiliated," to which Rivera-Alvarado said he was "something like that" but refused to tell him what gang, officials said.

Rivera-Alvarado was taken to the county's central booking unit and arraigned on the charges Thursday night. He was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 14 at District Judge Joel Toluba's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.