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On Wednesday morning, October 26, 2022, just after 8:00 a.m. the school resource deputy at Tenoroc High School, 4905 Saddle Creek Road in Lakeland, received an anonymous tip that a student allegedly brought a gun to school.
The SRD identified and located the suspect, Santiago Soto-Garcia of Lakeland, and found a pistol in his jacket pocket, and a magazine with twelve 9mm rounds in it in his pants pocket. The black and tan semi-automatic pistol chamber was empty and it was marked with insignia for Patmos P80. It did not have any serial number on it.
During the investigation, the deputy learned he also threatened a student with the firearm. The deputy located the victim and interviewed him, who told the deputy that he went into the bathroom and saw the suspect in a stall with other students. When the suspect saw the victim, he called the victim a derogatory phrase, and the victim walked away. Soto-Garcia then followed the victim and told him that he would shoot him. The victim said Soto-Garcia then reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a handgun.
Soto-Garcia was arrested and charged with: