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Posted on: May 8, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Martinez Man Charged with Gun Possession in a School Zone






May 3, 2023


Contact: Ted Asregadoo, Public Information Officer

925-957-8638 or [email protected] 



Martinez Man Charged with Gun Possession in a School Zone


Martinez, California  The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has filed a two-count complaint against a Martinez man for possessing a firearm in a school zone. 


23-year-old Michael Joseph Childressfrey has an arraignment date set on May 31st for offenses related to an incident that occurred on April 26th at John Swett Elementary School in Martinez. 


At approximately 1:00 pm, Martinez Police were dispatched to the school campus to investigate reports of a known adult male who was in the school parking lot. Police were told that the man was not a welcome presence, and he frequently carries a firearm. 


When officers arrived at the school, they approached Childressfrey in a parked vehicle. He was cooperative, and when asked, Childressfrey said he was in possession of a firearm. Law enforcement authorities placed Childressfrey under arrest for gun possession in a school zone and carrying a loaded concealed firearm. Later, police seized two additional weapons from Childressfrey’s residence. Childressfrey was taken into custody and immediately posted bail before the investigation could be referred for prosecution. 


While the incident was resolved peacefully, parents and neighbors have expressed their concern over the matter, and Childressfrey posted monetary bail on the day of his arrest.


District Attorney Diana Becton said, “This incident is understandably distressing– my Office worked in conjunction with the Martinez Police Department to ensure a swift filing determination. After receiving a request for prosecution from Martinez Police on Friday, the DA’s Office reviewed the case and filed the necessary documents with the court to initiate prosecution on Monday.”  



Case No. 01-23-01358 | The People of the State of California vs. Childressfrey, Michael Joseph



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