submitted by Tarah Heupel, RCPD Community Relations Specialist
Rapid City, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been arrested following a weapons call at Rapid City High School.
At 12:42 p.m. Monday, a caller reported seeing a male subject with a handgun in the school parking lot at 601 Columbus Street. The school was immediately placed on lockdown, for the safety of the students and employees. A few minutes later, officers located the suspect on 5th Street, with a BB gun tucked in his waistband. The BB gun closely resembles a handgun.
Joseph Williams, age 18 of Rapid City, was arrested for possession of a weapon on school grounds, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor. He was also arrested for disturbance of school, which is a Class 2 misdemeanor. Williams is currently being held at Pennington County Jail without bond.
Rapid City High School was taken off lockdown after the suspect was arrested and police determined there was no further public safety risk to the students. Williams is a student at Central High School, and detectives are continuing to investigate why he was at Rapid City High School.