14-year-old arrested after threatening boy with gun at El Monte school, police say

Police were called to El Monte High School after staff learned a student was possibly on campus in possession of a handgun.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday at El Monte High School after being found with a handgun he allegedly used to threaten another boy in a locker room a day earlier.

Officers were called about noon to the school at 3048 Tyler Ave. after staff learned a student was possibly on campus in possession of a handgun, according to Sgt. Richard Luna of the El Monte Police Department.

“The suspected student’s classroom was identified, and officers responded and located the student in class,” Luna said. “Officers detained the juvenile without incident and conducted a pat-down type search.

“A 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun was found in his waistband. The gun was seized, found to be unloaded and was rendered safe. The student was arrested without incident and driven to the El Monte Police Station for booking.”


A follow-up investigation revealed that the boy had brought the same gun to school on Tuesday to confront another student, Luna said.

“While in a locker room, the 14-year-old pointed the gun at the victim. The victim feared for his safety and did not report the crime to school officials or law enforcement,” Luna said. “Only after the victim told a family member what had occurred were school and police officials notified.”

The teen will be jailed at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey pending a court appearance, police said.