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VPD: Man with knife and heroin enters middle school through unlocked door

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A Valparaiso man carrying a knife and heroin was arrested on Friday after entering the Thomas Jefferson Middle School through an unlocked door, Valparaiso Police said.

Charged with trespassing, possession of heroin, possession of a knife on school property, and possession of a hypodermic was Jason Rasco, 39.

According to police, just prior to dismissal for the day the VPD was notified of a man “walking around the school and attempting to get into the school.” At nearly the same time a resident of the 1500 block of Lind Circle--located near the Middle School--reported a male subject “acting suspiciously.”

“In both incidents the description of the subject was similar,” police noted.

Rasco was subsequently located inside the school by the Middle School’s school resource officer and an assistant principal, police said.

“A pocket knife was removed from the subject,” and Rasco explained that “he was looking for his girlfriend’s children to walk them home after school,” police said.

Rasco managed to enter the building through an unsecured back door, police added.

“The school conducted a lock-in, as a result of this incident, and dismissal was briefly delayed,” police said.


Posted 4/17/2017




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