Arrest made following Northern-Southern basketball game

Dec. 05, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

Kyrell J. Williams was arrested on the campus of Northern Vance High School Wednesday evening and is facing firearms charges.

Williams, a 17-year-old of 41 Tristan Lane in Henderson, was taken into custody with secured bond set at $37,000. He faces charges of possessing a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a handgun by a minor and possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Lt. Alan Hedgepeth confirmed Williams was stopped by the special operations division of the Henderson Police Department as the parking lot of the school was emptying following the rivalry basketball game between Northern and Southern Vance.

According to Hedgepeth, officers were suspicious of criminal activity and conducted a vehicle stop in the parking lot. Williams was found in possession of the firearm during a brief investigation.

Williams, who was arrested in May on a stolen vehicle charge, is scheduled to be in Vance County District Court on Dec. 23.

In an email response to The Dispatch, Vance County Schools superintendent Ronald Gregory wrote, “We had an expanded law enforcement team on hand including plain clothes officers in the parking lot and everyone including me had to pass through the metal detection system. No exceptions.

“We will continue this process/procedures for all of our basketball games. Safety first. There was no fight in the parking lot after the game. The officer quickly intervened and dispersed the crowd.”

It is the second sports-related incident involving law enforcement at Northern within the past four weeks. On Nov. 8, following Northern’s football game with J.F. Webb, a fight broke out during the postgame activities and sheriff’s deputies used pepper spray on several individuals to bring it under control.

It is the second incident involving a gun on a campus in the county within the past three weeks. On Nov. 25, the campus at Vance-Granville Community College endured a lockdown following an attempted robbery in a parking lot.

Vance County sheriff’s deputies are still searching for Darius Andre Richardson in connection to that incident.

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