Police charge woman armed with toy gun near Bel-Air Elementary School


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police swarmed an elementary school Friday after a woman showed up armed with what looked like a high-powered rifle.

Joanna Davidson was first spotted walking down Candelaria carrying what appeared to be a very large gun. It wasn’t long before she stopped right outside Bel-Air Elementary, scaring a lot of people.

“We received numerous phone calls,” Ofc. Simon Drobik said. “They came in one after another.”

One of those calls came from the principal of Bel-Air, who immediately ordered a lockdown of the school.

“When these calls started coming in we had an immediate response, everybody dropped everything and immediately came to this area, including supervisors, undercover detective, school resource officers,” Drobik said.

When officers got there they found the woman sitting on a fire hydrant right in front of the school. They quickly ordered her to put the gun down and she did. That’s when they learned it was a high-dollar airsoft gun which shoots plastic pellets, not real bullets.

“The woman is telling us at this point that she was attempting to sell the rifle, was waiting for her boyfriend from across the school,” Drobik said.

Davidson is still being charged with a crime. According to officials, it doesn’t matter if a gun is real; it only has to be perceived as real.

She is facing a charge of disorderly conduct, interference with the educational process and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers say they found a glass pipe in her purse.

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