ROCKVILLE — A Montgomery County District Court judge ruled Tuesday that authorities will continue to hold an 18-year-old high school student without bond after he brought a loaded handgun to school.
District Court Judge John C. Moffett said defendant Alwin Chen, 18, of Clarksburg High School would remain without bond because he could not ensure the safety of the community. Police arrested Chen at school Feb. 15 in connection with possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under age 21 and possession of a firearm on school property.
Chen’s trial is scheduled for the end of March.
Assistant State’s Attorney Frank Lazzaro said in a document dated Feb. 23, that Chen told police he had brought a handgun to school on multiple occasions, including the date of his arrest, describing it as a regular occurrence. He would carry it either in his backpack or on a belt holster attached to his belt.
“Every student at Clarksburg High School was placed in danger and the defendant continues to present a danger to the public today,” Lazzaro said in his response to the defense’s motion for modification of Chen’s bond.
Defense attorney Jill Michaels said after the hearing Tuesday she respected Moffett’s decision to hold Chen without bond. She added she disagreed with Moffett as to whether Chen was dangerous. She added that she and her co-defense attorney David Felsen were glad Moffett could clarify the record in that a “list of grievances” did not exist.
“There was no grievance; there was no list of grievances,” Michaels said.
Michaels and Felson had requested a new bond hearing for Chen after the first bond hearing, saying Lazzaro had presented inaccurate information when he mentioned a grievance list.