POINT PLEASANT — A Henderson man was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly pulled a semi-automatic handgun on juveniles while on school property, though not during school hours.
Charles A. Baird, 37, was arrested by personnel with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department on five counts of wanton endangerment and one count of possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds. Baird appeared before Mason County Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross who set his bond at $100,000 with a special condition that he is not to be on any Mason County School property for any reason. He is also not to have any contact with any of the alleged victims.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at around 5:45 p.m., at Point Pleasant Intermediate School’s recreation area known commonly as “the courts,” Baird allegedly pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun from his waistband. He then reportedly pointed it directly at the head of a juvenile and did a subsequent turn, slowly, in a circle with the weapon drawn and finger on the trigger creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to five total juveniles, according to the complaint. The criminal complaint also states a juvenile took video of the alleged incident on a cell phone.
Cpt. Carl Peterson is in charge of the investigation and said this incident appears to be “isolated” and therefore poses no risk to other members of the general public.
The complaint says Peterson was dispatched to Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School to assist PRO Officer R. Spencer with the investigation of an altercation between juveniles. This investigation led to uncovering the alleged incident at “the courts” with Spencer coming into possession of the video.
Baird has reportedly posted bond and has been released from the Western Regional Jail. Next, a preliminary hearing will be scheduled in magistrate court to determine if there is, or is not, probable cause in the case. Baird also has the right to waive the hearing and possibly take his chances with a grand jury. The next grand jury term is in January 2014.