A bizarre tale of a man unlawfully entering a Md. high school ultimately led police to the man’s home where they found a cache of weapons, including a loaded AK-47 under his bed. Late yesterday afternoon, the Anne Arundel Co. Police Department (AACOPD) held a media briefing to share the details.
According to the AACOPD, on Monday, Feb. 4, at approximately 1:45 p.m., 25-year-old Justin Matthew Beaumont followed a school employee inside North County High School in Glen Burnie, Md. where he was quickly detained by the School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to that high school.
Beaumont, a Glen Burnie resident, indicated he was a former North County High School student. Beaumont’s account of his reasons for being at the school included indications he had been subjected to bullying during his enrollment. He also made inquiries about school security and referenced his previous military experience.
Beaumont did not make any threats to harm anyone at the school nor were any weapons or illegal items found during a search of Mr. Beaumont and his vehicle. Although an empty handgun holster was found inside his car, no firearms or ammunition were present.
As result of his unauthorized presence at North County High School, Beaumont was charged with Trespassing on Posted Property, a misdemeanor offense, and later released.
Although there were no other criminal violations noted at the scene, recent violent and tragic events throughout the nation, coupled with Beaumont’s statements and actions, led the School Safety Section Commander to contact Colonel Larry W. Tolliver of the Anne Arundel Co. Police and apprise him of the extremely unusual and alarming circumstances of the incident.
Colonel Tolliver immediately directed detectives and all other necessary police department resources to investigate Beaumont’s activities prior to his arrival to North County High School on Fe. 4.
The AACOPD learned Beaumont is the lawfully registered owner of several firearms, including an AK-47, an Uzi assault weapon and three handguns. Based on the totality of the circumstances and the Mental Health Evaluation Article, Detectives applied for and received a search and seizure warrant for Beaumont’s home and vehicle.
The search warrant was intended to hold Beaumont’s firearms for safekeeping pending his evaluation by mental health professionals.
Upon serving the warrant, detectives recovered the AK-47 rifle under Beaumont’s bed. The weapon was loaded with a 30 round magazine.
- An unloaded Uzi was also found under Beaumont’s bed.
- Two unloaded 8 MM bolt action rifles were found in a case under the bed. An unloaded Jennings .22 caliber handgun was found in a box under the bed; and a loaded Kel Tec .380 handgun equipped with a laser sight was found between the bed’s mattresses.
- A 9 MM barrel and silencer, along with ammunition and numerous ammunition magazines were additionally recovered.
These weapons and materials were taken into police custody for safe-keeping pending additional investigation. Police believe that all weapons and ammunition appear to be legally owned.
Beaumont is currently undergoing medical treatment and a mental evaluation.
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