Student charged after bringing gun to school CLEARWATER – A 15-year-old student at Clearwater High was arrested on Sept. 18 for bringing a gun to school, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook report.
A student notified the Clearwater High resource officer that another student was in possession of a handgun, the report said. The officer located the student and pulled him out of class. He found a .380 firearm on the student that was unloaded, along with ammunition, the report said. The gun was secured, and the 15-year-old student was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed firearm on school grounds, which is a felony, and also disruption of school and violation of parole for petty theft.
A second suspect was later arrested in connection to the incident, a second police report said. Officers determined that the second student, a 14-year-old male, had possession of the gun before giving it to his 15-year-old friend. The 14-year-old was later arrested for possession of a firearm on school grounds. He did not disclose where he got the gun or why he had it.
Police nab alleged robber
CLEARWATER – A Clearwater home invasion suspect was arrested Sept. 15 in St. Petersburg, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook report.
The suspect was wanted for a home invasion that happened on Aug. 1 on the 100 block of Orangeview Avenue. The suspect allegedly approached an 89-year-old female victim and asked her if she wanted him to detail her vehicle that was in the garage. He said it would cost $50. The victim agreed. Once the suspect was done, he entered the victim’s home without invitation through the locked front screen door, the report said. Once inside, he asked for several glasses of water, saying he just took heart medication. He then went to the kitchen and began looking around house. The victim paid him the $50 and asked him to leave, the report said. At this point, the suspect told the victim that he wanted $150 for the car detail. The victim just wanted to get him out of her house, so he went to her bedroom to retrieve more money. The suspect followed her, took additional money, pushed her down and left the home, the report said.
Detectives identified the suspect as Tommy Mitchell, and he was connected to another case with similar circumstances, the report said.
Clearwater detectives learned that Mitchell was staying in the St. Petersburg area and alerted St. Petersburg police.
St. Petersburg police found and arrested Mitchell, 42, of Clearwater, and Clearwater police were notified and added charges.
Mitchell, who also goes by Wally Marks, is being held at the Pinellas County Jail on the following charges: Two counts battery on a person age 65 or older, resisting an officer without violence, two counts home invasion robbery, burglary of an occupied dwelling, two counts sale or delivery of a controlled substance, two counts possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with a witness. He was being held in lieu of $269,500 bond. Other known aliases include Gypsy, Joe Moon, John Moon and Tony.