3 guns found in 1 week at Fulton County courthouse

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3 arrested in last week for bringing guns to courthouse

Fulton County deputies seized seven handguns at the downtown courthouse in 2012. Not quite three months into 2013, they’ve already matched that total.

In the past eight days, three guns have been found, according to Tracy Flanagan, spokeswoman for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 13 at 9 a.m., deputies arrested Tomesha S. Jordan, 35, of Tennessee, and charged her with carrying a concealed weapon to an unauthorized location for allegedly having a pink handgun and ammunition in her purse, Flanagan said.

A Fulton County Sheriff’s Office security specialist monitoring an X-ray machine at the courthouse, located at 136 Pryor Street, noticed a gun in Jordan’s purse, Flanagan said. Inside the bag, deputies found a pink 9 mm Glock in a holster and a 12-round magazine with one bullet in the chamber.

Jordan allegedly told deputies she was at the courthouse to show support to a relative who had a court appearance. She later bonded out the same day.

Also on March 13, a security contractor monitoring the X-ray machine at the Central Avenue entrance noticed a weapon inside a purse around 4:30 p.m, Flanagan said.

Shimeika R. Cargill, 22, of Atlanta, was arrested for allegedly attempting to bring a black and silver, 9 mm Taurus with a 7-round magazine with a bullet loaded into the courthouse, Flanagan said. At the time of her arrest, Cargill was wanted by police in DeKalb County and was later transferred to that county’s jail.

Then on Wednesday, shortly before 3 p.m., a security specialist noticed a shape on the X-ray machine screen that appeared to be a small weapon, Flanagan said. Yvan Maxy was arrested after a search of his bag revealed a small, black Bersa .380 handgun with a 7-round magazine. He has been released on bond.

Most people who are questioned for bringing weapons to the Fulton courthouse state that they forgot the weapon was on their person, Flanagan said. Citizens are reminded to be aware of the items in their possession as they travel to the Fulton County courthouse and other locations where weapons are prohibited, Sheriff Ted Jackson said in an emailed statement.