(Left: Scippio, Right: Smith)
The two subjects who were arrested at the Columbia High School football game this past Friday evening have been identified as 18-year-old Anthony Smith and 17-year-old Jeremy Scippio. Although Scippio is a juvenile, Florida Statute allows for his identity to be released due to the severity of the charges.
Both subjects were detained after Deputy Jepko observed them jumping over an exterior fence in an attempt to gain entry into the stadium. During initial contact with deputies, it was discovered that Smith was in possession of marijuana. After being handcuffed, it was learned Smith had a firearm concealed in his waistband. As he was being escorted to a patrol vehicle, he became combative and deputies had to use force to secure him in the patrol car.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Scippio also had a firearm concealed on his person. A check of that firearm revealed it was reported stolen out of Tallahassee. Scippio was arrested without incident and the Department of Juvenile was notified.
In a statement, Sheriff Mark Hunter said, “I cannot stress enough how serious we take the safety of our schools. We will continue to be vigilant and hold people accountable who pose a threat to public safety. I am proud of how proactive our deputies were in handling this situation. This incident should also serve as a warning to anyone else who would compromise the safety of others that we will not tolerate it.”