Thursday, April 19, 2007

UF student arrested for having airsoft pellet gun on campus

University of Florida Police arrested a student early Thursday after receiving a report that a man with a handgun had been seen in the Beaty Towers West Residence Hall. Travis Raymond Young, 19, was arrested for aggravated assault, UF Police reported. A sworn complaint also was filed for improper exhibition of a firearm/weapon.At about 1:30 a.m., city and university police set up a perimeter near the residence hall. Officers were conducting a door-by-door check of the hall when they identified the suspect as the boyfriend of a woman living in the building, officers reported. She told police he had left her room and had a non-lethal �AirSoft� air gun. Air guns commonly are known as pellet guns. Officers later located Young at his home at Broward Hall, police said. He cooperated with police and told them he had an air gun. The man did not brandish the air gun at the Beaty Towers West Residence Hall, according to the police investigation. But, after consulting with the State Attorney's Office, police arrested Young on the aggravated assault charge because the student who first reported the incident told officers she was afraid after witnessing an unknown man who appeared armed with a handgun. The student told police she saw the butt of a handgun with duct tape on it.For more on this story, see Friday's Gainesville Sun.

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