Police: GNV man took weapons to VA school

Weapons and ammunition Fairfax County Police recovered from a Gainesville man who was arrested on the property of a Virginia school.
Courtesy of Fairfax County Police

Fairfax County (Virginia) Police arrested a Gainesville man last week after they said he brought an AK-47 to a local preschool and was headed for CIA headquarters.

“Our officers took an AK-47 off the streets after a man was trespassing at the Dolley Madison Preschool in McLean,” Fairfax County Police tweeted Wednesday. “Officers found the unarmed man who said he was making his way to the CIA.”

According to a second tweet, police searched the vehicle of Eric Sandow, 32, and found the AK-47, a pistol and ammunition. Sandow was charged with felony possession of a firearm on school property, police said.

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Eric Sandow

The preschool is located very close to the entrance to CIA headquarters. Sandow reportedly asked someone at the preschool if he could use the restroom and was denied.

CNN reported that Sandow had already been turned away from the CIA entrance when he went to the school.

Appearing on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis confirmed the attempt.

“What happened yesterday is a man, Eric Sandow, 32 years old from Gainesville, Florida, not really known to law enforcement locally, or in Florida, showed up, parked his car at a nearby school, walked to the front gates of the CIA and started rambling about having firearms in his car,” Davis said.

A judge denied bail for Sandow, heeding prosecutor concerns that he could be a danger to the public, according to The Washington Post. A hearing in the case is set for July 24.

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Sounds as though a disaster was averted.