Suspect charged in Parkville elementary firearm incident

Parkville man accused of carrying rifle across school property April 8

April 12, 2013|By Michael Lofthus, The Baltimore Sun

A Parkville man allegedly seen carrying an antique firearm on an elementary school's property Monday afternoon has been charged with possessing a dangerous weapon on school grounds, according to Baltimore County Police.

Robert Cleary, 30, walked across Villa Cresta Elementary School property on the 2600 block of Radar Avenue with a Civil War-era rifle at approximately 3:30 p.m. as students were being dismissed, police said. Investigators determined he was meeting a friend at the intersection of Ardmore Avenue and Radar Avenue to sell the weapon at a nearby pawn shop, where it was later recovered.

Cleary, a resident of the 2500 block of Perring Woods Road, was pointing the unloaded weapon at the ground in a nonthreatening manner and did not interact with anyone as he traversed the school's perimeter, police said. He was charged on Wednesday.

No lawyer is listed for Cleary in court records, and a call to his home was not immediately returned.

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