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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Man Charged with Possessing Guns at Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Dustin Lockwood, 23, was charged in a federal criminal complaint today February 21, 2018.

According to the affidavit submitted in support of the complaint, on February 20, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m, Arnold Police Department and ATF responded to Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri, after a school staff member contacted them and advised that there was a subject sitting in a black 2001 Toyota Corolla on the parking lot of the school who appeared to have a rifle case in the passenger seat of the vehicle. 

As the officers approached the vehicle, a white male identified as Dustin Lockwood was sitting in the driver’s seat and officers observed in plain view a gray and black rifle case in the rear of the vehicle. 

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a .22 caliber rifle, .22 caliber revolver, multiple spent shell casings throughout the vehicle, a suspected homemade silencer and multiple bags and boxes in the trunk of the vehicle containing explosive related material, multiple knives, a machete and .22 and 9mm caliber ammunition. 

Law enforcement officers conducted a search of Lockwood’s residence and recovered numerous chemicals and bomb making components.  During an interview of Lockwood conducted by ATF special agents and the officers from the Arnold Police Department, Lockwood indicated the explosive material in his vehicle and residence were possessed for legal purposes.

Lockwood was charged with one violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(q)(2) for possessing a firearm in a school zone.  A violation of this statute carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

Lockwood was taken into custody without incident and made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in St. Louis this afternoon.  The United States Attorney requested that Lockwood be detained pending trial. Lockwood will receive a preliminary hearing and a hearing on pretrial detention on Monday, February 26, 2018.

As is always the case, charges set forth in the complaint are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Arnold Police Department; St. Louis County Bomb Squad and the Jefferson County Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Rodney H. Holmes is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated February 22, 2018