According to the Owensboro Police Department, 38-year-old Brandon S. Jackson of Owensboro, Kentucky, was arrested on Wednesday after following an employee of Owensboro High School into the locked building.
Police say Jackson followed the employee into the locked high school on Wednesday and that when he was asked to leave, he became aggressive before finally exiting.
According to the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry, Jackson was previously convicted of the 1st Degree Rape of a 14-year-old victim in Kenton County, Kentucky.
Owensboro Public Schools released the following statement on the incident:
"Our district puts safety as a top priority and the incident this morning is a prime example of proper training and situational awareness protecting lives.
There is a reason each of our buildings has a double-locked, secured entrance and it's to prevent situations like this morning from becoming much worse.
I want to commend our staff member who immediately noticed someone followed them into the primary door and followed all of the protocols to protect the safety of others.
Upon realizing that someone had followed the staff member into the primary door, the staff member immediately told the suspect they needed to leave. The suspect did leave the building and law enforcement was immediately notified. The suspect never made it through the secure entrance and into the building. The suspect was arrested a short time later.
Staff was notified of the incident and that the suspect had been arrested. They were commended for following all safety protocols and asked to remain vigilant at all times when entering and exiting the building. Thankfully, the district was on a "distance day" for learning and there were only a small handful of students present in the building at the time.
We are thankful for the training provided by the Owensboro Police Department, the Daviess County Sheriff's Office and the Kentucky State Police for giving our staff the tools necessary to keep themselves and the building safe."
After responding to the school, officers found Jackson in the area and also identified him as the suspect from an armed robbery that occurred in the 900 block of Frederica Street on Tuesday.
Following Wednesday's events, Jackson was arrested and booked into the Daviess County Jail on the following charges:
- Robbery 1st Degree (for the armed robbery on Tuesday)
- Burglary 1st Degree
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon on School Property
- Registered Sex Offender School Restrictions (for the incident that occurred at OHS)
According to OPD, the robbery that took place Tuesday happened in the 900 block of Frederica Street.
OPD says an officer was flagged down by a woman who said she had just been robbed.
The suspect of the robbery got into the victim's vehicle at a red light and demanded money while threatening her with a knife, at which time the female fled on foot before seeing the officer and reporting the incident.
After the robbery on Tuesday, OPD located the woman's vehicle abandoned in the area but says the suspect wasn't located, until Jackson's was identified and arrested following Wednesday's incident at Owensboro High School.