Stratford Police took four people into custody Tuesday, Jan. 8, after reports said they were carrying weapons in the woods near Wooster Middle School shortly after noon.
According to Stratford Police public information officer Frank Eannotti, officers arrested Chukwuemeke Onyerikwu, 19, of Stratford and Oladipupo Sule, 19, of Bridgeport who were armed with high power pellet rifles.
Police also arrested Joel Albornoz, 20 of Stratford and Ghalib Sanni of Bridgeport for possessing air soft handguns.
Doing It Local had initially reported that a passerby witnessed the four men in the woods behind Wooster and informed police. The school immediately went in to lockdown.
Police say that when they arrived on scene they found the four men in the woods and ordered them to drop the weapons and lay on the ground. The four men complied after police ordered them to the ground several times.
The four men were detained around 12:30 p.m. and the lockdown was lifted around 20 minutes later.
Wooster Principal Jack Lynch told Doing it Local that the children were “safe and secure during the process.”
The men were charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, breach of peace, reckless endangerment, possession of an air gun and weapon possession within a recreational area.
Police say that the four men did not appear to be intending harm to students or faculty.
Bond for each man was set at $5,000 for court on Jan. 18.