Guns continue to plague campus

Grambling State University Police arrested two students in the span of two days this last weekend in its effort to curtail weapon possession and violence on campus.

About 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning, GSU Police were dispatched to Wheatley Hall regarding a report of a man dressed in all-black clothing knocking on doors on the third floor. The dormitory has been the site of several drug and weapon arrests in recent weeks.

As an officer arrived, he saw a suspect matching the description running down the stairs to the first floor. The suspect’s hands were “fidgeting in his jacket pockets,” according to the officer’s report. Jayveion Stewart, 18, of Shreveport was directed to remove his hands from his pockets. In a patdown for weapons, the officer found a loaded Glock 19 9mm pistol in the jacket’s pocket.

A check of the pistol’s serial number revealed it had been reported stolen in Ruston. Stewart was placed under arrest.

An officer interviewed the caller who said Stewart came to her dorm room looking for her roommate. She said Stewart identified himself as a residential assistant and also knocked on other dorm rooms, so she called police. Stewart returned, covered her peephole, and knocked on the door. Fearing for her safety, she called GSU PD again.

Stewart told officers he was looking for a female but would not provide a name and denied identifying himself as a RA.

Stewart was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone (school campus), illegal carrying of a weapon, and disturbing the peace.

Bail was set at $41,000.

The Lincoln Parish Journal reported the early Friday morning arrest of another student, Max Pierre, Jr., 21, of New Orleans after executing a search warrant on his Wheatly Hall dorm room and recovering a handgun, ammunition, and other firearm paraphernalia.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


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