JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Johnston police are questioning a man who was arrested Thursday afternoon behind the city’s high school, Deputy Police Chief Dan Parrillo confirms.
According to Superintendent Dr. Bernard DiLullo Jr., the man pulled into the parking lot at about noon and knocked on a back door. A teacher’s assistant asked the man what he wanted, but did not let him in the building. The employee then notified the principal and school resource officer, and the man was taken into custody by Johnston police for questioning.
Jonathan F. Mikovich, 38, of Mississippi, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property and disorderly conduct. Police said the weapon was found inside his vehicle, and noted that Mikovich has no prior criminal record.
A call from DiLullo went out to city parents, informing them of the situation and assuring that students are safe.
It’s unknown at this time if there’s a connection to the letters sent to Johnston police threatening students in Johnston, Warwick, and Cranston.
Johnston, Cranston, Warwick, and Rhode Island State Police continue to investigate with the help of the FBI, Postal Inspectors Office, and the Attorney General’s office.