A 16-year-old student at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, who told police he was afraid of gang members who were after him, was arrested and charged as an adult this week on gun charges.
Daniel Hill, of the 2100 block of Robertson Road in Bel Air, just north of Hickory, told police he bought the gun for $350 "to protect himself from 'Blood' gang members that were after him," according to court documents.
The school resource officer at C. Milton Wright said there are no documented members of the Bloods gang at the school, Monica Worrell, spokesperson for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said Thursday. The sheriff's office keeps tabs on gang members in the county.
Hill was first charged Sept. 9 as a juvenile. Three days later, because of the nature of the charges, Hill was automatically waived to adult status. A warrant issued Sept. 16 for his arrest was served Monday, when Hill was taken to the Harford County Detention Center for processing. He was released on $10,000 bail.
Hill's parents found the gun in their son's bedroom. On Sept. 9, they had gone in there to see if they could find their camera, valued at $275, they believed Hill had taken, according to court records. The camera was hidden in its storage bag under a pile of clothes.
During their search of the room for other possibly missing items, the parents found a black .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun with an obliterated serial number, according to court documents.
The parents removed the gun, put it in a locked box and hid it from their son. When they confronted him about it when Hill got home, Hill became enraged and allegedly punched a hole in the wall then allegedly threatened to "burn this ... place down," according to documents, and allegedly said he would get another gun.
C. Milton Wright's school resource officer was aware of the student's arrest and because the charges against Hill are considered "reportable offenses," he notified the school system.
Reportable offenses are those that could jeopardize the safety of other students, Worrell said.
"When the school system is notified of a reportable offense, the report is immediately assessed by the Superintendent's designee and the principal," according to an e-mail from Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools. "If the offense is deemed to pose a threat to the safety and security of the school, an appropriate placement is made pending the outcome of the criminal investigation."
Kranefeld said she could not speak specifically about Hill's arrest.
Hill also allegedly admitted to taking the camera, but said he had only forgotten to return it, according to court documents.
Hill was initially charged as a juvenile with theft less than $1,000, possession of a firearm as a minor, altering the ID number of a firearm and unlawful transaction of a registered firearm; he was released to the custody of his parents.
Because of the weapons charges, however, Hill was automatically waived to adult status and charged with unlawful sale or transaction of a registered firearm, knowingly altering a firearm ID number, illegal possession of a firearm as a minor, theft less than $1,000, vandalism less than $500 and making an arson threats.