Woman is accused of entering Park Hill High School with a loaded gun in her waistband

Leilani Criswell
Leilani Criswell

A 37-year-old Kansas City woman is due in court Tuesday, accused of carrying a loaded revolver into Park Hill High School during a wrestling tournament earlier this month.

Leilani H. Criswell also is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle for driving a stolen pickup.

According to a court document:

Criswell drove the truck to the school’s parking lot on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2. The driver of a charter bus that had brought students to the tournament saw Criswell go into the school while a male passenger of the truck began testing door handles of cars in the lot. The bus driver called police.

The bus driver then observed the man get into the pickup truck and pull a pink purse from underneath his shirt. When police arrived the man drove away in the truck. The bus driver pointed out Criswell, who was standing outside the school. She was arrested on several municipal warrants.

A search revealed “a loaded .32 caliber revolver readily capable of lethal use in the front waistband of her pants,” according to the probable cause statement.

The truck was found about a mile away from the high school. It had been stolen from Sedalia. In it police found the pink purse, which was returned to its owner.

Criswell told police she borrowed the gun from a friend and was carrying it for self-protection. She said she accepted a ride from “Chris” in the pickup truck to attend her son’s wrestling tournament. She said she didn’t know the truck was stolen.

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC