Milton, MA — Jonathan Villagran, 19, of Morse Street in Watertown, is being held without bail following his arraignment in Quincy District Court on March 26.
Villagran was arrested after attempting to enter Milton High School around 2 p.m. on March 25, carrying a loaded handgun, drugs, vodka and “significant U.S. currency,” according to a March 25 post on the Milton Police Department’s Facebook page.
Milton High was placed in a lockdown during the incident, but at no time were students or staff members in danger, according to police. The Milton Police Facebook post goes on to explain: “There was some question that this suspect had someone else with him. Given this, as most MHS parents know, a full protective sweep and lockdown was initiated of the MHS campus. This investigation has confirmed the man travelled to MHS on his own. He had no intention to harm anyone and probably never thought MPS staff would notify MPD after he was turned away.”
Villagran pled not guilty to carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card, disturbing a school, possession with intent to distribute a class D drug and possession of liquor by a person under age 21.
According to David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, Villagran’s defense attorney Richard Neeley asked Quincy District Court Judge Marybeth Heffernan to overturn the motion to set bail, but the appeal was denied.
Assistant District Attorney David Ringius stated during the arraignment that Villagran attempted to enter the high school several times but was intercepted by MHS Principal James Jette until police arrived. The responding officer reported that the suspect allegedly was carrying a bag containing marijuana, an open bottle of vodka and a pistol.
A dangerousness hearing has been set for Tuesday, March 31, in Quincy District Court. More details will appear in the Milton Times following that court appearance.
By Kathy Kurtz Ferrari