HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) – A Homestead teen has been charged after he was reportedly brought a gun to school.
According to Homestead police, they received a call from a staff member at Mavericks High School, located at 698 North Homestead Boulevard, who said that several students claimed that fellow student Jeremy Perez, 17, was armed with a gun.
As an officer sent to check it out pulled up to the school, several staff members pointed toward a student in a red shirt in the bus way and said “That’s him, he has a gun,” according to Perez’s arrest affidavit.
When the officer called for Perez to stop, the teen reportedly grabbed his waistband and took off across the street and behind a building. Within moments he was captured by a second officer. A search of the area behind the building where Perez had run past uncovered a gun.
During questioning, Perez admitted to having bought the gun for protection, according to the affidavit. He reportedly told police that on Wednesday morning he was approached by another male; words were exchanged and then both pulled guns and threatened to shoot each other.
Police search the area but were not able to find the other person who Perez said had a gun.
Perez has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and attempted escape.