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Man's strange demands trigger school lockdown

Jeremy Whagado

Jeremy Whagado

Rimrock High School was briefly locked down Wednesday after a man came into the office requesting to remove two students but couldn't provide their names or his legal connection to them, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

YCSO deputies arrived at the school at 3705 Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock after the man, later identified as Jeremy Whagado, 22, refused to leave after being told to by office staff.

"He demanded that office staff provide him with a list of students' names to assist with the request," D'Evelyn said. "As he became more agitated, he mentioned the recent Connecticut school shooting, but did not make any direct threats."

The staffers were not clear as to the context Whagado placed on the Connecticut incident, but were concerned and instituted a school lockdown then called YCSO.

A few minutes later, Whagado left the school grounds in a disgruntled state, D'Evelyn said.

Minutes later, deputies found Whagado near a gas station just south of the school and detained him. Whagado appeared to be disoriented and confused and, due to the threatening nature of the incident, deputies arrested him on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and disruption of a school.

Deputies found no weapons in Whagado's possession, but Whagado did tell deputies he has had mental health issues, D'Evelyn said.

"Since the tragic incident in Newtown, Connecticut, YCSO deputies and supervisors have made direct contact with all school administrators in their patrol areas to share concerns while providing enhanced and ongoing law enforcement visibility throughout the school day," D'Evelyn said.

Deputies booked Whagado into the Yavapai County Jail where he remains in custody on a $7,500 bond. He has a January court date.

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