3 teens arrested, several weapons found in vehicle at Hutto HS parking lot

Three teens were arrested this week after weapons were found in a vehicle in the Hutto High School parking lot.

The three teens, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, were detained by Hutto ISD police and Hutto police Nov. 3. The three are not associated with Hutto ISD.

According to both departments, during a varsity football game that night at Hutto Memorial Stadium, a spectator told a Hutto ISD police officer that they had overheard information about a verbal altercation at the game and the possible presence of a gun.

Hutto ISD officers then found a group of individuals smoking marijuana in front of the school. Police say they evaded law enforcement, causing a search. 

Three of them were found in the school parking lot and detained by Hutto ISD police and City of Hutto police. A total of three guns were recovered at the scene, and one has been confirmed as stolen by the Austin Police Department.

The two 17-year-olds are being held at the Williamson County Jail and the 16-year-old is being held at a juvenile detention center.

Police are still investigating the motive. 

"We don't know the intentions of the individuals that had those weapons, but what we do know is the potential that could've happened," Chief Jeff Yarbrough with Hutto Police said. 

"Very scary, especially because my daughter was here at the game last night," parent Maria Rada said. "I just wish they'd do something about it, and don't let other kids from other places come here... it's up to the parents to keep up with the kids, what are they doing, who are they with, and what are they carrying in their cars?"

That thought was echoed by Hutto ISD Police Chief William Edwards.

"Know what your kids are doing, be aware of their social media, be aware of their friends, who they're hanging out with," he said.

Both Hutto Police and Hutto ISD Police say they're prepared - there's police presence at games, and they regularly train.

"Thankfully what we train for, the outcome mitigated any injuries or loss or acts that could've caused harm to those that came to see the game," Yarbrough said.

Officials say if you see something, say something. "No concern is too small," Yarbrough said. 

"I don't know what was the reason for them to come to the school with guns, I can't imagine what was in their minds," Rada said. "Thank God nothing happened."

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact the Hutto Police Department at 512-846-2057. Tips can be submitted anonymously.