Man Arrested After Bringing Gun onto Elementary Campus in Caraway

MAY 10, 2005 - Posted at 3:13 p.m. CDT, updated at 3:28 p.m., updated at 8:15 a.m. on 5/11

CARAWAY, AR - Tensions were high for a few minutes Tuesday at a school in Caraway.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a man armed with a firearm arrived on the campus at Riverside-East Elementary School and began making threats.  School officials immediately called law enforcement authorities and the school went into a temporary lockdown.

"Apparently this was a domestic dispute between a husband and wife, and she works as a teacher's aide there at the school, and he went to school and did make threats toward her with a firearm," said Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann.

McCann said the suspect had left the scene by the time authorities arrived, but he was later located and arrested at his home in Caraway, and faces charges of possessing a firearm on school property and aggravated assault.  McCann says additional federal charges may be filed as well.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released, but he is described as a 21-year-old white male.  A bond and probable cause hearing is expected for the man today.

(K8 photojournalist Chris Haag contributed to this report.)