Thursday, April 14, 2016

Police: Olean schools told to "shelter in place" after man allegedly threatens students with 'gun'

Today at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Olean Police Department School Resource Officer was informed of an individual standing on the 300 Block of North Fifth Street who had allegedly pointed a gun at some students. The School Resource Officer dispatched the information to patrol officers who responded along with state police. The suspect was observed near 5th Street and ran from officers, according to Captain Robert Blovsky. After a brief foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Olean Police Station. A BB gun, that was a replica of an automatic handgun, was allegedly discarded by the suspect during the foot chase and later recovered by police. Jacob Whitehorn, 19, no permanent address, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree (A- Misdemeanor), obstruction of governmental administration (A- Misdemeanor), possession of a weapon on school grounds ( Violation), tampering with evidence (E Felony), menacing 2nd degree – 2 counts (A- Misdemeanor), endangering the welfare of a minor 2- counts (A- Misdemeanor). No one was injured during this incident and students at the Middle and High School were put in “shelter in place” mode due to the proximity of this incident to the schools. Whitehorn is awaiting arraignment.