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Man with gun causes Saratoga school lockdown

Man with gun causes Saratoga school lockdown

Students kept out of Geyser Crest School for about an hour
Man with gun causes Saratoga school lockdown
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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A Saratoga Springs man faces two felony weapons charges after an incident Wednesday morning in Geyser Crest that lead to an hour-long lockout at the Geyser Crest Elementary School.

Joseph P. Koren, 24, faces charges of second-degree possession of a loaded firearm, fourth-degree criminal possession of a stolen firearm, tampering with physical evidence, and resisting arrest, Saratoga Springs police said.

Police responded to a call of a suspicious person on Hathorn Boulevard about 8:30 a.m., with a paving crew reporting it had been harassed. The paving crew directed the responding officer to a backyard where a man later identified as Koren was observed pointing a black pistol at two other men.

Koren is accused of not complying with an officer's instructions and jumping over a fence into another yard. Once other officers responded, the area was surrounded and Koren was found hiding in a yard on an adjacent street, where he was taken into custody without incident.

The .38-caliber pistol he possessed was determined to have been stolen, police said. The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department and state police assisted at the scene.

The incident took place about a quarter-mile from the elementary school. Students had not yet arrived, so district officials directed buses heading to the school to the nearby district transportation building. School resumed normal operations after about an hour, the school district said on its website.

Loren was arraigned in City Court Wednesday afternoon and jailed in lieu of $20,000 cash or a $40,000 bail bond, police said.

 

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