Prosecutors sent out an arrest warrant Thursday for a Lewis County man, wanted in connection with an alleged battery of three students at a Craigmont school. Law enforcement didn't have to go far; the suspect was already behind bars.
On Wednesday, we reported that a man had walked into Highland Elementary School on Dec. 17, and allegedly roughed up three fifth-graders.
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that 35-year-old Byron Edwards of the town of Reubens, who has already been locked up on previous charges of theft and meth possession, went to the elementary school on Dec. 17 to visit his son, who is in the fifth grade. Law enforcement said Edwards allegedly slapped and roughed up three different children, not his own, then walked out of the school with his own child. School officials later said they had no fears that Edwards might harm his son.
Lewis County Sheriff Brian Brokop told the Tribune that "he acknowledged that the community had heightened sensitivity about the alleged altercation" because of the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Edwards is charged with three counts of injury to a child and bond was set at $30,000.