Henderson Ward Stewart elementary complex in Starkville was placed under a precautionary lockdown on Thursday as local police officers responded to an incident where a man reportedly made threats to his Pilcher Street neighbors and barricaded himself within a home.
Officers charged Nicholas O. Monroe, 24, of Starkville, with trespassing and served him with eight outstanding warrants — seven for trespassing and one for violating the terms and conditions of the probation he received as part of previous trespassing convictions — after arriving on scene at about 10:45 a.m.
Starkville police believed Nicholas was armed during the incident and notified the school district of the ongoing situation, Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols said in a press release.
Pilcher Street runs adjacent to the elementary campus, which serves second through fourth grades.
Monroe was eventually detained without officers using force, according to the press release.
The release states that the incident is still under investigation, and additional charges are pending.
In a separate arrest, SPD also charged Alandre K. Jones, 24, of Starkville, with possession of a stolen firearm after a Thursday traffic stop.
Jones was also cited for other misdemeanors, including careless driving, no insurance, no driver’s license and possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle.
He was scheduled to appear in Starkville Municipal Court on Thursday afternoon.
SPD also announced two juveniles were charged with auto burglary on Wednesday after officers were dispatched to The Block apartment complex, located at 625 South Montgomery St.
The suspects were processed and released to family members.
Anyone with information on these or other crimes should call SPD at 662-323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151.
Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch
You can help your community
Quality, in-depth journalism is essential to a healthy community. The Dispatch brings you the most complete reporting and insightful commentary in the Golden Triangle, but we need your help to continue our efforts. Please consider subscribing to our website for only $2.30 per week to help support local journalism and our community.