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 May 6th, 2010  
St. Lucie County deputies arrest Fort Pierce Central High School student for possession of semiautomatic pistol at school
 
Acting on a confidential tip, deputies of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office School Resource Deputy Unit this afternoon arrested an 18-year-old Fort Pierce Central High School student for possession of a gun at the school.

"A tip from Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers indicated that a student at Fort Pierce Central High School wearing a light blue shirt had a gun in his 'Iverson' bookbag," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. "Crime Stoppers passed the tip to deputies assigned to the high school. Based on the information in the tip, deputies located the student, named Jabaui Terrell German, grabbed his bookbag and took the student into custody."

The Sheriff said, "Inside the bookbag was a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol. In a separate pocket of the bookbag next to the gun was a clip loaded with four bullets."

German told deputies he found the gun in some bushes near Taylor Creek and U.S.1 on Sunday. Deputies charged him with carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm on school property. Both charges are felonies.

"It is distressing that a student would bring a gun to one of our schools," said Sheriff Mascara. "We are grateful for the anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers that enabled our deputies to seize the gun and arrest the student with no harm coming to anyone. Today's incident clearly illustrates the importance of their presence within our schools which enables them to act quickly and decisively to keep our schools safe."

People can anonymously report crimes and be eligible for cash rewards if the tip leads to an arrest or recovery of property. The toll-free number is 1-800-273-8477 ("TIPS.") People can also give their tips at the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers website www.tcwatch.org. * * *

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