LANCASTER – A 21-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he ran on to a school campus to evade deputies following a dispute with his girlfriend. A pistol was recovered where the man was hiding, authorities claim.
The arrest happened around 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Bethel Christian School, located at 3100 West Avenue K in Lancaster.
Shortly before his arrest, Lawrence Pickett was seen punching his girlfriend in the Antelope Valley College parking lot, which is across the street from Bethel Christian, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.
When deputies responded to the altercation, Pickett avoided deputies by running southbound across Avenue K and onto the Bethel Christian School Campus, as students prepared to be dismissed, according to Ruiz.
“Several quick thinking Bethel faculty members saw suspect Pickett. They told him to leave and directed deputies to where the suspect was hiding on the campus,” Ruiz stated. “A .38 caliber pistol was recovered near the same location where suspect Pickett was seen hiding.”
Pickett was arrested for possession of a weapon on school grounds and domestic battery. He was booked at the Lancaster Station Jail and held on a $50,000 bond.