Teen who allegedly took gun to Riley High School charged

The 17-year-old student who allegedly took a gun to Riley High School on August 24 has been arrested and charged.

Car’nell Trass, 17, has been charged with carrying a handgun without a license, a felony, and resisting law enforcement and battery resulting in bodily injury, both misdemeanors.

Trass has been charged as an adult.

On August 24, several students advised security officer Collan Walton at Riley High School that another student had a handgun and had threatened to shoot them as they walked to and from school, according to the probable cause affidavit.

A South Bend Police officer spoke with the students and determined he needed to speak with Trass.

Walton escorted Trass to the school office and asked him to place his book bag on the table.

When Walton attempted to open the bag, Trass allegedly became confrontational, got out of his chair and ran to the door.

Walton attempted to grab Trass and Trass pushed Walton down, according to the probable cause affidavit.

South Bend Police Officer William Johnson attempted to grab Trass, but he ran out of the building, reports said.

Johnson chased Trass all the way to Trass’ home on E. Calvert Street, according to reports.

Trass then fled on a bike and was later located hiding in a nearby chicken coop, reports said.

Back at the school, Walton and the principal searched Trass’ bag and located a .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun, a holster and ammunition, according to the probable cause affidavit.

At the South Bend Police Department, Trass and his mother spoke with officers.

Trass told Officer Johnson he had the gun because a girl claimed he had gotten her pregnant and he was scared of her older brother. He said he didn’t brandish the gun or threaten to shoot anyone, according to the probable cause affidavit.

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