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Chen to plead guilty to carrying a gun in school

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Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTO  Alwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  ROCKVILLE — Alwin Chen, the Clarksburg High School student who brought a loaded Glock 19 handgun to school, is expected to plead guilty on a charge that could send him to jail for three years.

Chen, 18, entered into a plea agreement April 5 to carrying a handgun on school property and will learn of his fate in a hearing before Circuit Court Judge John Maloney on April 24. He can be sentenced to 90 days to three years.

In exchange for his expected guilty plea, two other charges were dropped, including possession of weapon by a minor and bringing the handgun to school on other days.

Chen has been in jail since his Feb. 15 arrest, when the gun was found in his backpack.

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Clarksburg HS student who brought loaded gun to school to remain without bond

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Alwin ChenAlwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  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.

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Police react to multiple school threats within the past week

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policecar1 300x200 1Montgomery County Police are investigating a series of alleged threats received at local high schools in the last week – ranging from bomb threats to potential shootings.

The threats to public schools come at a time of heightened focus on school security in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. where 17 people were killed.

Last week a school resource officer assigned to Clarksburg High School received a tip alleging that a student was in possession of a loaded firearm at school. Officers quickly located the student and confiscated the weapon. A subsequent search of that student’s home this week revealed an arsenal of weaponry including an AR-15-style rifle.

“The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is key in handling initial complaints of a possible threat to school safety,” Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said in an email statement. “There is a significant level of trust between school staff and the SROs. This trust helps bring about good cooperation and communication between the students and the SROs.”

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Jailed HS student's defense team says prosecutor misrepresented facts at bond hearing

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Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTOAlwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  Defense attorneys representing Alwin Chen – the Clarksburg High School student arrested last week for bringing a loaded gun to school – have accused the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office of misrepresenting facts about their client in court this week.

In an emergency motion filed before the Rockville District Court Thursday, attorneys Jill Michaels and David Felsen requested a new bond hearing for the 18-year-old, who remains in custody after being denied bond last week.

“Yes, we did file an emergency motion for a new bail hearing based on the incorrect information that was presented at the bail hearing,” Michaels said when reached by telephone. “I think everybody can agree that it was a very, very different picture than was presented the other day in court.”

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Clarksburg HS student arrested for bringing loaded handgun to school

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Police arrested Clarksburg High School student Alwin Chen for bringing a loaded handgun onto school property.  COURTESY PHOTOPolice arrested Clarksburg HS student Alwin Chen, 18, for bringing a loaded handgun to school. COURTESY PHOTO  One day after a former student shot and killed 17 people at his Florida high school, Montgomery County Police arrested an 18-year-old Clarksburg High School student for bringing a loaded handgun and knife to school.

A Montgomery County Police school resource officer arrested Alwin Chen at approximately 2:20 p.m. Thursday after police and school security confiscated two weapons Chen had in his possession, according to a Montgomery County Police press release.

Chen became the focus of police and school security interest after the police officer based at Clarksburg received a tip that Chen may have brought a gun with him to school.

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