Crime & Courts

Man found wandering Blythewood High halls had gun in his car, deputies say

Blythewood High School
Blythewood High School Special to The State

After arresting a man wandering around a Richland County school with for no apparent reason, deputies found a stolen gun and drugs in his car, according to a statement from the local sheriff’s department.

Jarelle Trevor Woodhouse, 29, was charged wit possession of a stolen weapon, having a weapon on school property, a narcotics violation and simple possession of marijuana after being spotted at Blythewood High School, according to the statement,

Tuesday, deputies stationed at Blythewood High noticed Woodhouse walking down one of the school’s hallways, according to the statement. Deputies had heard of a man who had been visiting local schools for no reason to be there.

Woodhouse was taken to the school resource officer’s office, according to the statement. He was identified as the man who had tried to enter at least one other Richland Two School District school.

Deputies gave Woodhouse a trespass notice from all Richland Two properties at the district’s request, according to the statement. They then escorted him out of the building.

Once they reached his car, deputies found a stolen gun, narcotics and marijuana, according to the statement.

Woodhouse was arrested and taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.