Lake Central on Lockdown after Sheriff Mistakenly Releases Student with Gun Charges

January 24, 2017-According to a release from Lake County Sheriff John Buncich, “at approximately 9:15AM, Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers were dispatched to Lake Central High School in response to a tip
that a student may be in possession of a gun and/or bomb.” The incident began on Sunday January 22, 2017 when Andrew Trinidad, 18, was arrested at his home for discharging a handgun and damaging residential property according to the statement. Trinidad was taken into custody on Sunday but was released today at approximately 6:00 a.m. ” . . .charges were signed by the magistrate and a warrant was entered into the computer system. However, on today’s date at approximately 6:00AM, Lake County Jail staff erroneously released Trinidad from custody, having failed to check the computer system for active warrants” Sheriff Buncich stated.

Sheriff’s Police then received a tip that ” a student may be in possession of a gun and/or bomb.” Officers searched the school and Trinidad’s residence with the assistance of K-9 officers. The Porter County Bomb Squad responded as a precautionary measure. Neither guns nor bomb making materials were found and no one was injured.

Trinidad is currently back in custody at the Lake County Jail for his warrants, which
include criminal recklessness and several misdemeanor charges in relation to the incident on the
morning of 1/22/2017. Sheriff John Buncich has initiated an internal investigation and is taking
disciplinary action against the Lake County Jail staff who erroneously released Trinidad from
custody this morning.

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