|LRPD HAD FULBRIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UNDER LOCKDOWN DURING RAID|
The Little Rock Police Department, after conducting a three month undercover operation, executed a raid at Fulbright Elementary School on Pleasant Valley Drive today.
The LRPD Vice Squad acting on information from the school principal, Sherkeyer Jackson, inserted an undercover operative into the school to investigate suspected gang activity.
The investigation was given the code name Operation Wild Boys.
Jackson had relayed concerns to LRPD about a group of 5th grade boys that had formed a "club" named The Senators. The boys began dressing in suits and at first she thought it was cute and that they were just trying to set a good example.
|MEMBERS OF THE SENATORS (FACES MASKED DUE TO JUVENILE STATUS)|
After a few weeks, Jackson noticed that the "club" and other students were gathering together on the playground in a circle. When she or other teachers walked over to see was was going on, the group would disperse. Members of The Senators became more aggressive towards staff and other students seemed to be afraid of them. The club took over a stall in one of the boys restrooms and appeared to be using it as an office. That's when Jackson realized the club had transformed into a gang.
So the Vice Squad enrolled a special LRPD officer in the 5th grade to try and find out what was going on.
|LRPD SPECIAL OFFICER "X" AND HIS HANDLER|
At first Officer "X" just observed the group from a distance. Then he would try and get closer to them when they were on the playground. One day he was invited by a member to play a game with them at recess.
Officer "X" discovered that the game the group was playing was craps. The gang would let an unsuspecting student win a roll or two then the fix was in. At first the stakes were only small change then increasing to a few dollars. As the game progressed, students would bet their bicycles, iPhones and other valuables as they ran out of money.
After several weeks of careful planning with the school and the Little Rock School District, LRPD was ready to catch the gang in the act.
At today's lunch recess, when the gang had their craps game going, LRPD locked down the school and sent the SWAT team in to make arrests.
Parents were notified and asked to come pick up their children after the gang members had been placed into custody and hauled off to the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center.
LRPD conducted a brief press conference after the raid and gave the details of the investigation and arrest to reporters.
|LRPD SPOKESMAN LT.STEVE MCCLANAHAN BRIEFS THE PRESS ON OPERATION WILD BOYS|
LRPD advises parents of the children that lost crap games and had to give the gang their bicycles, iPhones and other valuables to contact the LRPD Property Division and make a claim for the items return.
|LRPD CONFISCATED A TRUCKLOAD OF BICYCLES THE GANG OBTAINED IN PLAYGROUND CRAP GAMES|
Requests for comments from the Little Rock School District were unanswered and the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney's Office indicated that they would have a press conference tomorrow and would answer questions at that time.