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Lilburn Police arrest Berkmar student on gun charge

Demarcus Connell Lewis, Jr.

Demarcus Connell Lewis, Jr.

LILBURN — A 17-year-old Berkmar High student remained in the Gwinnett jail on Friday following an arrest this week after Lilburn Police said he had a gun near the school campus.

Demarcus Connell Lewis, Jr. was arrested for misdemeanor possession of a pistol or revolver by someone under 18. Lewis was arrested at the high school on Wednesday morning, but the alleged incident happened earlier that morning near a business at 451 Pleasant Hill Road, next to the school.

Lilburn Police Capt. Thom Bardugon said officers recovered the pistol, but it didn’t have a magazine or any ammunition. Officers found Lewis after they reviewed security video from the school, and he matched a description given to police.

Bardugon said Lewis told officers that he was at his 15-year-old cousin’s home before school, and on the way to school noticed his book bag was heavier than normal.

“He looked into his bag and saw that there was a pistol in the bag,” Bardugon said. “Knowing that he could not have a pistol on campus, he decided to hide it in the bushes of a medical buidling adjacent to the campus.”

Lewis planned to retrieve the gun after school and return it to his cousin, police said.

“As far as we can determine, the pistol was never on campus, nor was it intended to be on campus,” Bardugon said.