Five charged after paintball incident at Meriden elementary school

Five charged after paintball incident at Meriden elementary school

Record-Journal


MERIDEN — Police say five men face charges after they were found with paintball guns and alcohol on the grounds of Casimir Pulaski Elementary School late Tuesday night.

Kevin Agront, 19, of 22 High St., Meriden, was charged with breach of peace, second-degree criminal trespass, possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of alcohol by a minor, weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of less than half an ounce of cannabis-type substance and possession within 1,500 feet of a school.

Matthew Rivers, 20, address unknown, was charged with breach of peace, second-degree criminal trespass, possession of alcohol by a minor, possession of a weapon on school grounds and weapon in a motor vehicle. Agront and Rivers were arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. The judge released Rivers on a promise to appear and set bond at $1,000 for Agront. Both men are due back in court Nov. 8.

Ryan Ortiz, 20, Alexis Concepcion, 19, and Andre Valentin, 20, were each charged with breach of peace, second-degree criminal trespass, possession of alcohol by a minor, possession of a weapon on school grounds and weapon in a motor vehicle. Their addresses weren’t immediately available. Concepcion was also charged with driving without a license. All three men posted $7,500 bond and are scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Oct. 20.

Just before midnight Tuesday, police received reports of shots fired in the area of Casimir Pulaski Elementary School, 100 Clearview Ave. Responding officers were told there were people near the school’s playground and one vehicle was “shot up,” a police report said. Officers saw two people running through the faculty lot. They canvassed the area and stopped two vehicle leaving the property. Rivers was identified as the driver of a Jeep, with Agront and Ortiz as passengers, and Concepcion was the driver of an Audi, the report said. Both vehicles had paintball markings all over their exteriors, the report noted.

Police spoke with one of the initial callers, a custodian at the school. The custodian said he was cleaning and heard what he recognized as paintball guns being fired, the report said.

Police checked the school and determined there was no damage. The custodian’s vehicle was struck by one paintball, but there was no damage, the report said. Police used a dog to search the area and found Valentin running away. Police found a paintball gun on school property and found the men were in possession of two bottles of alcohol. Agront had 13.5 grams of marijuana, the report said. Police found seven paintball guns in total.


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