A 25-year-old man who allegedly brought a firearm onto the grounds of Beverly Hills High School has been arrested after he allegedly followed someone from the campus and was found to have a loaded firearm in his glove compartment, police said Thursday.
Michael Alphonso Barona was arrested just after 5 p.m. Wednesday after officers were dispatched to investigate a suspicious person in the area of Moreno and Robbins drives, according to Lt. Elisabeth Albanese of the Beverly Hills Police Department.
“The caller reported to police that the suspicious person, driving a green Toyota Camry, was following behind her vehicle,” Albanese said. “Officers located the vehicle occupying the suspicious person, conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the sole occupant.
“During a lawful search of the subject’s vehicle, officers discovered a loaded firearm inside the vehicle’s glove box, a misdemeanor in the state of California. The firearm was otherwise legal to possess.”
Officers determined that before getting the suspicious person call, Barona had been seen driving onto the school grounds through an open gate, parking and walking on the campus, Albanese said.
“When the reporting party entered her vehicle and drove off the campus, the subject entered his vehicle and followed behind her,” Albanese said. “The reporting party immediately called police.”
Because Barona’s vehicle had been seen on school grounds and a firearm was recovered from his vehicle, he was arrested on suspicion of violating the Gun-Free School Zone Act, a felony, and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle while in a public place, a misdemeanor, Albanese said.
Barona was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and was due to appear at the Airport Courthouse on Friday for arraignment, Albanese said.
–City News Service