N.C. man arrested at Kennesaw Mountain High School with guns, 400 rounds of ammo
by Leo Hohmann
November 26, 2013 11:49 PM | 6594 views | 5 5 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joshua Harvell
KENNESAW — Police arrested a 21-year-old North Carolina man last Friday in the parking lot at Kennesaw Mountain High School when they found a loaded pistol near his console and a semi-automatic rifle with more than 350 rounds of ammunition in his trunk.

Joshua Harvell, 21, of Albemarle, N.C., was spotted smoking a cigarette in his car at about 10:45 a.m. by a school administrator, said Ron Storey, director of public safety for the Cobb County School District.

The administrator alerted Sgt. David Rolfe, who approached the vehicle.

Rolfe questioned Harvell and found he was not a student at Kennesaw Mountain, then spotted a folding lock-blade in his pants pocket, according to the arrest warrant. That’s when he looked inside the vehicle.

Rolfe noticed, “in open view,” a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol sitting between the console and the passenger seat, the arrest warrant stated.

Rolfe immediately took Harvell into custody and had the vehicle impounded and searched. Police reported finding an Archangle 5.56 semi-automatic rifle with 355 rounds of ammunition, another 49 rounds for the pistol, and a 24-inch machete inside the trunk of the car.

Police reported that the pistol was loaded with 19 rounds in the magazine but did not say if the rifle in the trunk was loaded.

Parents not notified

Administrators were working on a draft letter to send out to parents Friday evening that would have notified them of the weapons arrest, but as of Tuesday it had not been sent out, said School Board Chairman Randy Scamihorn. Nor had the school board been fully briefed about the incident.

Scamihorn said he was not sure why the letter was not sent to parents Friday but assumed it was because it wasn’t finished in time to send home with students.

“I believe they will send it out Monday when everyone gets back (from holiday break),” Scamihorn said.

Suspect had an alibi

Storey said Harvell has no history of violent crimes and had an alibi for why he was sitting in the school’s parking lot Friday morning.

“His brother is married to a student’s sister,” Storey said. “The story he gave is she was going home for the weekend to visit her sister in North Carolina, but his brother couldn’t make it and asked him to come down from North Carolina to get her from school.”

Rolfe is the school district’s canine officer and just happened to stop at Kennesaw Mountain High to let his dog out for some exercise Friday, Storey said on Tuesday.

“After talking to him (Harvell) he asked ‘are there any other weapons in the car?’ and he said, ‘Well, yes there is,’” Storey said. “But his story does check out that he was going to pick up this student. The only problem is he’s on the school property, in the middle of the student parking lot, with a weapon and another weapon in the trunk.”

Storey said the main entrance to the school sits about 200 yards away from where Harvell was parked.

Storey said the guns were not stolen but he could not say whether they had been legally purchased by Harvell.

“We checked and they came back as not stolen,” he said.

Storey said he asked Harvell Friday if he was employed.

“He told me he worked at Wal-Mart and had to work that night,” Storey said. “I told him, ‘I don’t think you’re going to make it to work on time, buddy.’”

“It raises an eyebrow, but as far as his story, it did check out.”

Storey praised the administrator who noticed the man smoking in his car.

“I do not know if it was the principal or the assistant principal who saw him, but whoever it was, was paying attention and doing what they should have been doing,” he said.

Storey said campus police transported Harvell to the Cobb County Jail in one of the school district’s new police cruisers. Harvell remains in the county jail without a bond.

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November 29, 2013
The school should have been locked down? So the officer that noticed the gun should have stepped away from the situation to notify the school to be placed on lockdown. The officer noticed the gun and detained the suspect. When was the officer suppose to notify the school? It was an incident that took place rather quickly. The officer and admin. should be praised for the handling the situation quickly!
bid daddy
November 28, 2013
This is Georgia...this is what all you conservative radicals wanted....guns everywhere, no holds barred...nothing will happen to this guy, after all he is protected by our constitution to be armed to the teeth...right? Afraid the government is "going to take my guns away"?...give me a break!
Concerned Parent
November 27, 2013
Unbelievable that the school was not put on lockdown!!! A man with a few hundred rounds of ammunition is outside the school and they go on as normal. Parents, students, and teachers should all be outraged!! Kevin Daniel should be held accountable.
Shocked Parent
November 27, 2013
Why did I have to find out via news 3 days later. Why did the school not inform parents. We get calling post for everything else. THIS is a Calling post, email, lock down situation. Who dropped the ball? Answers needed by whomever made the decision to not inform parents.
unbelieving parent
November 27, 2013
There was no post on website until Tuesday morning. Students were not alerted of the threat and no lockdown, allowing free rein to courtyard and students outside. Many feel there is more to this story that does not make sense.
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