UPDATE: Bond increased to $15,200 for WMHS gun suspects

Hutson and Herr (Source: OPSO)

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - UPDATE: 9/16/19 10:50 a.m.

A Ouachita Parish judge has increased bond for the two men accused of carrying guns on West Monroe High School's campus.

Monday morning, bond was set at $15,200 each for Theodore Herr and Matthew Hutson. Bond was originally set at $6,200 each, but was withdrawn at the request of District Attorney Steve Tew.

The suspects will also be required to wear an ankle monitor, and are ordered to stay at least 1,000 feet away from any operational Ouachita Parish School property. They're also forbidden from possessing a firearm until their cases have been decided.

The two men were arrested when police say they entered the campus with holstered firearms, setting off a series of events that resulted in an hour-long school lockdown. When confronted by police, Hutson claimed they were part of a fugitive recovery task force. Police say that claim turned out to be untrue.

As of Monday morning, the prosecution said the Louisiana Department of Insurance had issued a cease and desist letter to both men, ordering them to stop calling themselves bail bondsmen.

On Monday, the prosecution also told the judge the men made it into a classroom with the firearms during instruction period.

An arrest 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. On Monday, District Attorney Steve Tew said his office cannot say affirmatively what the two men were doing on school property.

Both 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 were both booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.

An arraignment hearing was scheduled for Thursday, September 19th at 1:30 p.m.

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ORIGINAL: 9/11/19

Total bond is now listed for the men charged in connection with causing a scare on the West Monroe High School campus Tuesday, Sept. 10.

According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office website, the total bond for Theodore Herr and Matthew Hutson is $6,200.

Police say the two men entered the campus with holstered firearms setting off a series of events that resulted in an hour-long school lockdown and their arrests. When confronted by police, Hutson claimed they were part of a fugitive recovery task force. Police say that claim turned out to be untrue.

An arrest 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.

Both 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 were both booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.

As of Wednesday morning, both suspects were listed as being in custody.

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