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Armed Bondsmen Arrested Near Orange County School

Posted March 21, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested four armed bail bondsmen nearEfland-Cheeks Elementary SchoolThursday morning.

The sheriff's office says it received a report at about 10 a.m. that armed men were running on a playground full of fifth-graders.

Three of the four captured men were charged with crimes. Two were charged with felony counts of having firearms on school property. The third was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

The men who were charged were released from jail Thursday afternoon and made their first court appearance Friday in Hillsborough.

Authorities believe bounty hunters were looking for a man who failed to appear in court. Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass says their actions were inexcusable.