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Crime Trackers: Sixth grader arrested for threatening students with gun

MARANA – A 12-year-old boy was arrested and facing some very serious crimes.

Pima County Sheriff’s Department said the sixth-grader attends DeGrazia Elementary School.  On Tuesday, he reportedly took a gun to school and threatened three other students.  The principal told sheriff’s deputies the student fled from the school and potentially had a weapon.

Deputies found the 12-year-old at his guardian’s home.  He was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Three counts of kidnapping
  • Two counts of theft of a firearm
  • One count of weapons misconduct
  • One count of threats to an educational institution

He was booked into the Pima County juvenile detention facility.

The Marana School District issued a statement about the incident and also sent a letter to parents and guardians.

Parents told News 4 Tucson, this was very scary, but DeGrazia was a good school.  Other parents said the school and the sheriff’s department handled the situation efficiently and safely.

Officer Steven Monge is the school resource officer.  Degrazia is one of the schools he is assigned too.  He got a direct call from communications and he was the first to arrive.  He said his priority was to ensure the safety of the students and staff.

The sheriff’s department is continuing their investigation, and school officials said the student who was arrested is no longer enrolled in the district.


Caitlin Alexander

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