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Student in Deming High School gun incident charged with aggravated assault

DEMING – The student charged with bringing a handgun to Deming High School on Monday now faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Emanuel Young, 14, was detained at the school Monday afternoon after students informed school personnel they had noticed a handgun in his backpack. School security staff found a Springfield XD-S .45 Automatic Colt Pistol and spoke to Young while the Deming Police Department responded. The gun was unloaded and no ammunition was found.

Young was charged Monday with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon onto school grounds and larceny of a firearm.

On Wednesday, Deming Police Chief Bobby Orosco confirmed the third charge, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was filed after new information came to light about Monday’s events.

A student who was not identified reported to police that Young had pointed the gun at him in a school bathroom. After reviewing footage from a nearby security camera, police sought the additional charge through the Sixth District Attorney’s office.

The gun has been identified as a weapon allegedly stolen from a local pawn shop. Orosco said on Tuesday that Young has admitted to stealing the weapon on Saturday, but the pawn shop had not reported the weapon as stolen before police contacted the business.

On Tuesday, Deming Public Schools Superintendent Arsenio Romero said that the incident was handled swiftly by school personnel and city police, with minimal disruption to the school day. The school followed its normal schedule on Tuesday, and Romero said attendance was normal.

Romero confirmed that negotiations are continuing with the police department and the Luna County Sheriff’s Department to provide for armed School Resource Officers from the two agencies for the coming school year.

Algernon D’Ammassa can be reached at 575-546-2611 (ext. 2608) or


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