Four Roseville High School students arrested for having guns at school

Students allegedly planned after-school fight

By: Sarah Wojcik | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 29, 2016




ROSEVILLE — On Friday, Feb. 19, police arrested four students — 17-year-old Da’lon Ashford, of Detroit, and three juveniles — at Roseville High School for having guns at school reportedly in anticipation of an after-school fight with students from another school.

The police investigation determined that a juvenile subject had taken two handguns from his home that were registered to an undisclosed individual, brought them to school and passed them around between the four students, whom police said had classes together.

All four students were charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony; and possession of a weapon in a weapon-free school zone, which is a 93-day misdemeanor.

At Ashford’s arraignment, 39-A District Court Judge Marco Santia set Ashford’s bond at $150,000 cash or surety — no 10 percent — and approved Ashford’s request for court-appointed legal counsel. At press time, a criminal clerk said counsel had not yet been appointed.

Ashford was lodged at the Macomb County Jail. His next court date was set for 8:15 a.m. March 2.

The other juveniles — ages 14, 16 and 16 — were being housed at the Macomb County Youth Home.

Deputy Chief Donald Glandon, of the Roseville Police Department, said the juveniles’ names, hometowns and other personal information are protected because of their age.

Glandon said the incident began at approximately 2:40 p.m., when a teacher spotted Ashford with ammunition. School staff detained him and located a handgun in his backpack.

The school resource officer was advised of the incident and, while investigating, a second student was identified as possibly having a handgun. School staff detained the second student and recovered a second handgun from his backpack.

“Throughout the day, the investigation concluded that, at one point, each of (the four) had a firearm in their possession,” Glandon said, adding that he was not aware of similar incidents in the past. “Anytime any community or school district finds guns in the school, it’s a shock.”

Both guns, he said, were in a state where they could be made ready to fire fairly quickly. One backpack contained a gun beside a loaded magazine. The other backpack contained a gun with a loaded magazine in it but no round in the chamber.

Glandon said police learned that the four subjects were supposed to meet a group of students from L’Anse Creuse Public Schools at Rotary Park in Roseville after school for a fight stemming from a prior argument.

Glandon said that there did not appear to be any threats to the students or staff at Roseville High School, and that the school was a distribution point for the guns. He said that police are not seeking other suspects, and that they were not made aware of any fight or gathering at the park that day.

“We always encourage anybody — not only in school settings, but in life in general — to, when they see something suspicious or that looks dangerous, call local police,” he said.

“We’d much rather come out and know everything is OK than to not come out and have some sort of tragedy unfurl.