Arrest made in Wake Tech threat

Franklin Delano Rawls, Jr.
January 23, 2012 9:00:00 PM PST
A man has been charged in connection with Tuesday's threat at Wake Tech Community College. The school's main campus was put on lockdown Tuesday morning after a report of a gunman near the community college in south Raleigh.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office has charged 27-year-old Franklin Delano Rawls Jr., of Garner, with misdemeanor communicating threats against Latasha Stroud. Authorities say the incident appears to be domestic-related and did not involve threats against Wake Tech.

Wake County authorities said they received a call about a person on campus with a gun around 8:45 a.m. Students, faculty and staff at the Fayetteville Road location were put on lockdown within minutes of the report. About an hour later, students were allowed to leave the campus.

The lockdown was lifted around 10:30 a.m. Classes resumed around 1 p.m.

During the lockdown, a student barricaded in a classroom told ABC11 over the phone that she did not receive a text message from the school about the protective measure. She said she became aware of the incident after seeing officers run toward the school's library.

"This campus, as all college campuses, is suppose to be a safe haven for intellectual growth ... this is a real assault on our culture," said Jack Berhardt, an anthropology teacher at Wake Tech.

Meanwhile, officials at Wake Tech said they did send out two text alerts about the lockdown. They said if students did not sign up for the messages, then they do not receive it.

Wake Tech's main campus is about seven miles south of Raleigh on Hwy. 401. Authorities had to shut down part of the roadway at Tech Drive and Old McCullers Road for a brief period, as they cleared the scene.

Rawls is being held in the Wake County Jail. His bond is $500 secured.

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