Smithville Police Arrest Man With Air Soft Gun on School Property

May 23, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Cody Daniel Harchenko

Smithville Police arrested a 19 year old man Wednesday afternoon after finding him on the property of Smithville Elementary School with an air soft pistol. It's not known for certain if he is the same person who had been seen earlier that morning which led to a brief lock down of the school.

Cody Daniel Harchenko is charged with displaying a weapon on public property. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on June 6.

According to police, Corporal Travis Bryant was dispatched to Smithville Elementary School at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in regard to a man on the property with a gun.

Upon arrival, Corporal Bryant said he observed a man (Harchenko) in the fenced area of the front of the school. The man had what appeared to be a black pistol tucked in the waistband of his pants. But while it looked like a real gun, police found that Harchenko actually had an air soft pistol.

Smithville Elementary School was placed on lock down for about fifteen minutes Wednesday morning after a student reported seeing someone near the school wearing dark clothing possibly with a weapon. Smithville Police responded. A search of the school property turned up nothing at that time.

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