Police arrest man with gun near school grounds

Antonio Dante Hopes (Photo provided by the Newport News Police Department)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A man was arrested Thursday after being seen on school grounds with a gun.

Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department said officers were called to Sanford Elementary School around 11:20 a.m. about a man with a gun. The person who called police was able to give a detailed description of the man, including what he was wearing.

An officer located a man matching the description and carrying a handgun in a holster, walking in the 200 block of Colony Road. Sanford Elementary School is located in the area of the 400 block of Colony Road.

Investigators confirmed the detained man, identified as 25-year-old Antonio Dante Hopes, was the same person who had been seen on school grounds with the gun. Hopes was taken into custody, and warrants were obtained for possession of a firearm on school grounds.

Hopes was placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.

No additional information has been released at this time.

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