Pottstown 10th Grader Apprehended At High School

POTTSTOWN PA – A 10th grade male student in the Pottstown High School alternative education program was apprehended Wednesday morning (May 28, 2014) as he entered the 750 N. Washington St. building, after school officials learned he was being sought by the Pottstown Police Department, schools spokesman John Armato reported.

20131231-Latest-PoliceCarBlur[1]The student was not identified by name.

Armato said the sophomore was taken into custody by police as they investigated claims made by another individual, who told police he had been the victim of an alleged armed robbery committed Tuesday night (May 27) by the student. The victim said he was familiar with the student.

Police visited the boy’s home Wednesday and were told by a parent he had already left for school, Armato said in a “superintendent’s incident report” statement on the Pottstown School District website. Police then went to the high school, and alerted administrators there while en route.

School staffers “responded immediately and appropriately” to detain the student as he came into the building. Both he and his locker were searched for a weapon, and none was found, according to the statement.

“There was no disruption to the normal school schedule and no students or staff were placed in danger at any time,” the statement added.

There was no word immediately available from Pottstown police regarding the validity of the victim’s claims, the student’s apprehension, or status of the case.

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