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UPDATE: Monmouth Teen Arrested Outside NE Salem Elementary SchoolSalem-News.com
The suspect had shaved in the hair on the back of his head "4-20".
(SALEM) - At about 10:45 AM this morning, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of Yoshikai Elementary School in northeast Salem on a reported suspicious male.
Shortly before that report, the man had gone into Adam Stephens Middle School on the same grounds and asked to use the telephone.
When he was told there were no public telephones in the school he left.
Because the man was acting suspicious officials notified the Deputy assigned as the School Resource Officer for both schools.
The man, later identified as Hiram, Rezantes, 18, of Monmouth, was contacted by the deputy near the school.
During the intital contact the man became agitated and began jumping in front of passing cars.
When the deputy attempted to arrest Mr. Rezantes for disorderly conduct, he lunged at the Deputy and attempted to grab the Deputy's holstered firearm.
Mr. Rezantes broke away from the deputy and ran toward the front doors of nearby Yoshikai Elementary School.
The deputy was able to detain Mr. Rezantes with the help of David Moes, a janitor at the school and Neil Anderson, the principal of nearby Adam Stephens Middle School.
During the struggle to detain Mr. Rezantes, Mr. Moes scraped his elbow on the pavement.
Mr. Rezantes had shaved in the hair on the back of his head "4-20".
He would not tell deputies what that was in reference to. The school was contacted and placed in lock-down for the duration of the incident which lasted only minutes.
The lock-down precedure worked well and served its intended purpsoe, to keep students and staff at the school safe.
Mr. Rezantes was arreted and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Second Degree Escape, Fourth Degree Assault and Attempted First Degree Theft for attempting to take the deputy's firearm.
From the time of the initial call until Mr. Rezantes was in custody was about seven minutes.
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