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Reference: Arrests at Portsmouth High School

Date of Release: February 23, 2005

On Wednesday, February 23, 2005, at about 2:43 PM Portsmouth Police Officers responded to the Portsmouth High School at the request of the Police School Resource Officer (SRO). School officials and the SRO had observed five suspicious individuals outside the high school just prior to the end of the school day.

These five were approached and confronted by the SRO and school security. They were found to be in possession of the following items:

3 baseball bats
1 golf club
1 machete
1 knife
1 pellet pistol
A small quantity of marijuana

Additional police units arrived and the five were taken into custody. Due to the swift actions of police and security personnel none of the five entered the school. Portsmouth police and school officials continue to investigate this incident. It appears that there was some type of a dispute and these five were seeking specific individuals at the high school with the intent of causing a confrontation.

At this time, we are attempting to positively identify the five arrestees. What is known is that they are youths, under the age of 20 and four of the five appear to be from Lynn, Massachusetts. The remaining individual is a Portsmouth resident.

Our investigations continue.

Below is a photograph of the seized items.



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 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500