David Gee, Sheriff
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Release Number: 10-003
- For Immediate Release:
- Hillsborougho County Sheriff’s Office
- January 4, 2010
- Contact Person:
- Deputy Larry McKinnon : firstname.lastname@example.org
- (813) 247-8060
Man Caught Bringing Handgun Into Edgecomb Court Complex
80-year old man detained after he attempted to enter the courthouse with a loaded handgun.
- January 4, 2010
- Time: 3:45 PM
- Hillsborough County Edgecombe Complex
- 800 Twigg St
- Tampa, Fl
At approximately 3:45 this afternoon, security screeners at the Edgecomb Court Complex in downtown Tampa detained an 80-year old Tampa man after he attempted to enter the courthouse with a loaded KelTec .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Donald A. Koranek, DOB 02/05/1929, was detained by contract security screeners employed by G4S-Wachenhut. Security personnel challenged Koranek after he removed his jacket and an alert security screener immediately observed the weapon on his belt and alerted to the weapon.
Koranek informed her that he possessed a concealed weapons permit for the holstered gun which had been concealed beneath an insulated denim jacket.
Sheriff's deputies assigned to the court house lobby descended on the area and detained Koranek and seized the weapon.
Deputies will refer the case to the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office for misdemeanor charges related to the attempt to bring the weapon into the restricted area.
Ironically, Koranek entered the courthouse a short time earlier, but stepped from the line after being informed by personnel inside the doors that he could not bring a small pocket knife into the building. Koranek left to secure the knife in his vehicle and returned to the line, where he removed his jacket for x-ray examination exposing the gun.
The incident took place on the first day of deployment of the G4S/Wachenhut personnel under a contract with the Sheriff's Office to provide screening.
The incident followed a morning of extended lines and heavy volumes of persons entering the complex.
Lines several hundred persons deep developed on this, the first day of court following the holidays. More then 3,500 persons were screened into the courthouse by 10:30 AM.
In addition to the seizure of Koranek's weapon, four knives and two containers of pepper spray were also seized at the court complex during the day.
The Sheriff's Office assumed responsibility for courthouse security as well as security at the County Center on October 1, 2008.
The introduction of the contract security screeners completed a 120 days transition that replaced Hillsborough County Security Services officers who previously handled those duties.