Report: Teen who posed w/ gun at R.B. Stall High suspected of selling stolen gun
A teen believed to have posed with a handgun for a Facebook photo at R.B. Stall High school was taken into police custody Wednesday.
Online records of the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Berkeley County and an incident report provided by the North Charleston Police Department show 17-year-old Deshaun Howard Tindal was arrested for possession of a stolen handgun. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, he was still in jail, facing two charges in Berkeley County amounting to a $40,000 total bond amount.
Tindal has been served a warrant for Possession of a Firearm on School Grounds according to North Charleston Police Department spokesperson, Spencer Pryor.
North Charleston police were contacted about Tindal at around 5 :12 p.m. Wednesday, after the Facebook photo made its way to school officials. Police say the person in the photo believed taken at R.B. Stall was "positively identified" as Tindal.
Tindal worked at the Waffle House in Goose Creek, but was fired last week before the pictures surfaced, according to Director of PR for Waffle House, Pat Warner. After unsuccessful attempts to track down Tindal at the Waffle House the report states officers visited his home. They say a search of his room revealed a magazine which appeared to belong to a .45-caliber handgun.
Officers say they spoke to Tindal on the phone, and he said the photo on Facebook showed a "BB gun."
The report states as they were leaving the home, they crossed paths with Tindal and he was "unarmed and uncooperative."
"He would only advise that it was not his (the gun) and not real," the report reads.
Officers with the NCPD weren't the only ones looking for Tindal. The report states as they were clearing the scene and making decisions to follow up with warrants, they were informed Tindal was scooped up by another agency, suspected of selling a stolen gun by the Goose Creek Police Department.
Officials with the Goose Creek Police Department confirm Tindal had been on their radar since an April arrest. A report provided by the GCPD states Tindal was charged in April with unlawful possession of a firearm after being questioned for an armed robbery and a revolver was found in possession. Police say Tindal refused to share how the gun came into his possession, and they later learned it was stolen.
As far as the photo circulating on social media of the gun, school officials say they don't know exactly when it was taken. They say law enforcement was notified immediately, and such behavior will not be tolerated.
"We are working with police to have appropriate security measures in place," Charleston County School District spokesman Andy Pruitt said.
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