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Albemarle County Police Department Report on Incident at Albemarle High School on September 8

The Albemarle County Police Department responded to Albemarle High School at 8:30 this morning for a report of an individual who was armed with a knife. Officers arrived within two minutes and the individual was detained without incident.

The suspect, Matthew Aaron Carpenter, was a former student at Albemarle High School. He is 19 years old and currently from Hopewell, Virginia. He was arrested and charged with trespassing on school property and having a weapon on school property, both misdemeanor offenses.

Carpenter never entered the inside of the school building. Staff saw him on school property prior to the start of the school day. He was directed to the front of the building where administrators saw him, found his behavior and presence suspicious and called 911. As soon as it was determined that he had a weapon on him, the school was immediately placed on lockdown. He never made a direct threat to any individual at the school and did not threaten administrators when they questioned him at the entrance of the building.

Out of an abundance of caution, officers searched the interior and exterior of the school to make sure there were no other potential threats in the area. The school remained on lockdown and evacuated while officers searched the area to make sure it was safe for students and staff.

We appreciate the help of school administrators and the patience of parents. We understand the concern and our main priority is safety. We are pleased with the quick response by everyone involved.

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