A Brighton man was arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly making threats that he had a gun to staff supervising a summer program for elementary-aged children.
On Wednesday, June 7, at about 4:54 p.m., police were dispatched to Foundations Academy, 340 S. 45th Avenue, on reports of an unwanted party who had entered the school. When officers arrived, staff at the school told them a man, later identified as 21-year-old Isaiah Roy Padilla, had entered the school and told staff he was there to pick-up two children who were not present at the school. They told officers that Padilla, who they were able to identify from previous encounters, appeared to be intoxicated. They said they had explained to him several times that the children he was asking about were not at the school, and had asked him repeatedly to leave. Staff members told police that after being asked to leave several times, Padilla began to wander around the school, at which point they decided to evacuate the children. A staff member told police that as they were leaving, Padilla opened the door they had exited through and stated that he had a gun. Staff told officers that they had not seen Padilla leave the building, so a search of the facility was conducted. During the search, Brighton officers remained with the students, who were being sheltered in a nearby residence until being safely reunited with their parents.
Padilla was not found during the building search, but was later arrested and booked into the Adams County Detention Facility on charges of felony menacing, and interferring with students, faculty, or staff of an educational institution. The charges against Isaiah Padilla are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.