GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A man was arrested and charged after being found on a Triad college campus with numerous weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
According to court documents, Brandon James Bentley was charged on Sunday, March 26 with the following:
- Felony having a gun on educational property
- Felony having an explosive device on educational property
- Reckless driving
- Possessing a weapon on the educational property (not a gun)
- Driving with a revoked license
- Carrying a concealed gun
The court documents say that on Sunday, Bentley was found at the intersection of Sullivan Street and North Benbow Road, on NC A&T campus, with a revolver, loaded handgun, a rifle, two shotguns and several hundred rounds of ammunition. He was also found to have a “makeshift firework explosive,” brass knuckles, a machete, a sword, a “blowdart weapon,” a crossbow, a hatchet, a stun gun, a dozen knives, “claws,” and a baton.
He was also accused of unsafely driving in the area of Sullivan Street and Benbow Road with no license and carrying one of the previously mentioned revolvers concealed on his person.
Also among the items taken from Bentley were bolts for the crossbow, two “choking devices,” a window breaker, a chicken foot, pepper spray and “holy water.”
Students on campus had not heard about the man’s arrest, but when they learned about it their jaws dropped at the huge list of weapons.
Jannisha Stevens, a student, was dismayed that the student body was never alerted about this scary, strange situation even after it was resolved. She believed that there should be more transparency and that students should know what was going on.
“I don’t think that it was handled well,” she said. “To hear about torture mechanism tools is really scary and I don’t know why he would have that. Who is it for? Is it for somebody on this campus?” she said. “I should know what’s going on campus. Especially something like this, for it to be kept from us…what is it? Is it an agenda or anything like that? Because I want to be able to protect myself if I see somebody like that or someone suspicious, so I can report it instead of being completely clueless.”
Representatives with the ATF said that an agent visited the campus to review the firearms recovered, but the police department or campus police have been handling the investigation.
Police have not shared details of what led up to Bentley’s arrest or what happened.
His bond was increased from $75,000 to $100,000.00 secured and he was able to post bond on Monday, March 27. A condition of his release was that he could not go on any educational property whatsoever.
The investigation is ongoing.