Cops: Teen planted weapons, drugs in girl's car

Posted at 2:34 AM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-11 02:34:50-04

A gun, a knife and a bag of marijuana, that's what police say an 18-year-old planted in a car at Clearwater high school, looking for revenge.

Police say 18-year-old James Robert Harrison was arrested and charged with four criminal counts for putting the drugs and weapons in the car.

In the arrest affidavit, it says Harrison was looking for revenge and planted illegal items a 17-year-old girl's car, right on school property.

Police found a hunting knife, a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and a 52-gram bag of marijuana in the girl's car. She told them she did not know where the items came from. 

Harrison was arrested Sept. 3 and booked into the Pinellas County Jail, then released on bond two days later. 

He was charged with armed burglary, trespassing on school property with a firearm, possession of marijuana and removal of a firearm serial number.

"Let's face it it's a gun and weed it's a guy who's mad and wants to get back at people," 11th grader Doug Rowe said. 

Police said the target was a 17-year-old girl who is a student at Clearwater High School. Harrison graduated last year. He was arrested but has bonded out of jail.

"I mean it's better than holding the gun to him I guess if you think about it I'd rather him plans a gun on someone than actually hold a gun to them and threaten to kill him," 10th grader Dawson Davy said.

Police said someone called Crimestoppers to report a drug deal near the girl's car and a truck with two men was spotted there. The school resource officer responded along with Clearwater officers.

"If we get a tip that there's something going on whether it be drugs weapons whatever it is we go into our processes to ensure that the kids are safe and yes in 19 years I've never had any kind of situation like this," principal Keith Mastorides said.

In his video recorded interview with law enforcement, Harrison admitted breaking into the car, hiding the gun and arranging to call police, to get this girl arrested.

"It's so low that someone has to get revenge that bad to do that because that's some serious stuff if you get caught with that," Rowe said. 

The principal said safety is the number one priority and Clearwater police helping to make sure Harrison doesn't come back to the school.