Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 29, 2014

Shots feared

TVCC locks down temporarily

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Police Department arrested two juveniles on Thursday after Trinity Valley Community College was placed on lockdown due to a report of possible gunshots in the area.

The juveniles, it turned out, weren’t using firearms to cause the noises that prompted the call from a resident in the 100 block of Penny Lane, but according to police, the youths were using golf clubs to smash two windows at a residence there.  Police believe the two boys are also responsible for several other similar offenses in the neighborhood.

APD reports stated that at about 7:20 p.m. on Thursday, the APD received a report from a resident in the 100 block of Penny Lane of possible gunshots being fired at his residence.  The caller told APD that two windows were found broken in his home immediately following two loud noises which sounded like gunshots.  The caller also reported that he saw two young white males running from the location and into an adjacent wooded area.

APD reports said several officers responded to the scene, and began searching the area. Due to the seriousness of the report, and the closeness to Trinity Valley Community College, college officials locked-down the campus as a precaution while the search was being conducted.

Police said officers located the two juveniles a short time later, and found that they matched the description given by the homeowner.  The subsequent investigation revealed that the two juveniles were responsible for the damage to the home. However, no firearm was used in the commission of the offense. Police said evidence and information gathered at the scene indicated that the windows were broken with golf clubs that the juveniles are believed to have stolen from another nearby residence.

Once it was determined that gunfire did not play a part in the offense, and that the juvenile suspects had been detained, college officials were notified, and promptly reopened the campus, police said.