Janitor under investigation for bringing an assault-style rifle to Twin Peaks Middle School

Poway Unified: No students or staff in danger

POWAY, Calif. - Two separate investigations have been launched after a custodian allegedly took a rifle to a Poway middle school.

10News has learned from school district officials and the San Diego County Sheriff that the custodian had just picked up the AR-15 rifle he'd bought and didn't want to leave the unloaded weapon in his vehicle, so he allegedly stored it in a locked room on campus.

"No students or staff were in danger," said Tracy Hogarth, Executive Superintendent of Personnel Support Services for the district.

Hogarth is heading up an internal investigation into the incident which took place when Twin Peaks Middle School was closed for the summer break. She also reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department, which has launched a criminal investigation.

"He immediately notified his supervisor who allowed him to store that rifle in the office," said Lt. Jeff Duckworth. "It was in allegedly a safe condition, locked up and the school district found out about it and the supervisor sent it up the chain of command, and we were notified."

There was no ammunition with the gun and it was kept in a box.

Duckworth said it is a felony to bring a gun on campus even when there are no students present.

A detective has been assigned to the case, which will likely go to the San Diego District Attorney to decide whether criminal charges should be filed.

According to Poway Unified School District officials, the custodian is still on duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Watch 10News at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for more details on this developing story.

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