WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Authorities have identified the two men accused of sparking a lockdown at West Monroe High School on Tuesday.
According to West Monroe PD, they are 57-year-old Matthew W. Hutson and 36-year-old Theodore Christopher Herr.
According to police, a teacher in wing three saw the armed men at the school and alerted administration. Police, who are already stationed on campus, quickly detained the men. Hutson had a firearm visible and in a holster. Herr was carrying a concealed firearm.
Police said the men claimed to be with a "fugitive task force" and said they were looking for someone. They were taken into custody without incident. Fugitive recovery agents are sometimes known as bounty hunters or bail recovery agents.
Police said that the men were not actually recovery agents or part of any fugitive task force.
According to an arrest report for Hutson, he initially stated that he was serving a warrant. The report says Hutson later stated that he was on school property because his girlfriend's granddaughter was involved in drug activity and he was doing a walkthrough to see what she looked like.
According to an arrest record for Herr, he was armed with a concealed 9mm pistol. He told investigators that he believed that he was helping Hutson with "fugitive recovery." He said he thought an "unknown individual" had a warrant and he was just "tagging" along with Hutson. The report says he stated that he knew he could not have a firearm on school property and was "being stupid." Herr reportedly told police that he did not have a concealed carry permit.
Police said there is no evidence that the two men were looking to harm anyone.
They are charged with carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student or nonstudent on school property, unlawful disruption of the operation of a public school, and criminal trespass. The criminal trespass charge is a misdemeanor. The other charges are felonies. They are being booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.
The West Monroe Police Department, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Metro Narcotics, and Monroe Police Department all responded to the incident.