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Police arrest man who allegedly tried to bring gun into Manual Career Technical Center

Updated: 2013-09-12T04:21:21Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City police have arrested a 30-year-old student who allegedly tried to bring a gun into the Manual Career Technical Center at 1215 E. Truman Road on Tuesday evening.

It is against the law to bring a gun into a school in Missouri.

In addition, the student is prohibited from having a gun because he is a convicted felon. He has a 2005 conviction for drug trafficking and a 2001 conviction for unlawful use of a weapon. He was in jail Wednesday but had not been charged with any new weapons violations.

The man had signed his name to a log and emptied his pockets and was preparing to walk through a metal detector about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when a security guard found a loaded 9 mm handgun inside his backpack, tucked inside a pair of jeans.

When the guard told him to put his hands on the wall, he ran past the guard and out the door, leaving the gun and his backpack behind. The guard lost sight of him as he ran down an alley from Truman Road, according to police reports.

In the backpack, police also found clothing, music CDs and a card with the man’s name on it from KC NoVA, short for the Kansas City No Violence Alliance, a program that focuses on violent offenders.

Police found him later Tuesday night and arrested him.

In 2007, police arrested him for a probation violation along with eight others who were leaving a gang member’s funeral. The gang member had been killed in a shootout with police. Detectives found five guns, marijuana in plastic bags and a digital scale in their vehicles.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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