A 24-year-old man from Dayton, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and disorderly conduct after police found him with a knife in his pocket at the parking lot of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School, Friday, Jan. 21, at approximately 2:30 p.m.
The man, James Prendergast, is a former student at the school and was allegedly seen putting the knife it into his pocket after getting out of his car, police said. Patrolman Kevin Bolch, who was working a security detail at the school, spoke to Prendergast and subsequently took him into custody after finding the knife in his pocket, police said.
According to police, at no time did Prendergast threaten or attempt to use the knife. Prendergast did not exhibit the knife to anyone or remove it form his pocket. No additional weapons were found on Prendergast or in his vehicle.
Prendergast was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and disorderly conduct and is being held Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000.00 bail.