Crime

May 15, 2014

Kansas City man found on middle school roof ‘just wanted to get high’

Adam L. Caulkins, 31, was charged with five misdemeanors — tampering, resisting arrest, trespassing and two counts of drug possession — in connection with the Monday incident at Eastgate Middle School, 4700 N.E. Parvin Road.

A man who prompted the lockdown of a Northland middle school Monday by climbing onto the roof during school hours said he was just looking for a place to get high, according to court records released Thursday.

Clay County prosecutors charged Adam L. Caulkins, 31, of Kansas City, with five misdemeanors — tampering, resisting arrest, trespassing and two counts of drug possession — in connection with the 10:30 a.m. incident at Eastgate Middle School, 4700 N.E. Parvin Road.

The tampering charge stems from allegations that he shut off air conditioning units on the rooftop.

Caulkins told deputies he had attended Eastgate and used to climb onto the roof as a student. He said he jumped on air conditioning pipes to get onto a lower roof, then climbed a pole to the higher roof. He said he “wasn’t thinking about the kids being in school. He just wanted to get high,” according to court records.

When school officials learned a man was on their roof, two employees went to check. One employee stayed on the roof, while a second employee went to fetch a law enforcement officer.

That’s when Caulkins, who was not wearing a shirt, tied a shirt around his face and began running toward the employee, court records said. The employee went down a hatch to escape and held the hatch door closed while Caulkins allegedly banged on it and tried to pull it open.

When a deputy popped his head through the hatch, the man ran at the deputy while reaching into his left pocket. The deputy quickly closed the hatch.

Other officers arrived and climbed onto the roof using a fire department ladder truck. They found the man squatting behind an air conditioning unit with a syringe in his arm. When the officers told him to drop the syringe, the man said, “I just want to finish getting high,” according to court records.

An officer used a stun gun to arrest the man, who was held on a parole violation until the criminal charges were filed Thursday.

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

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