Southeast High School football player arrested on gun charges

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 28, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A Southeast High School football player was arrested on gun charges Wednesday after police reportedly found him loitering on the grounds of a Bradenton community center.

Frank Brice, 18, was arrested at Southeast High School on a warrant charging him in connection with an incident about 2 a.m. July 6, when officers patrolling near the 13 AV Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., spotted Brice and another person sitting in a car, according to Bradenton police Capt. William Fowler.

Officers identified Brice and asked him to step out of the car. Police report he appeared to hiding something.

Brice ran away just as one of the officers found a gun under the seat he had been sitting on, police said.

The officers chased Brice on foot but were unable to find him.

A warrant was issued and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office warrants deputies located him and took

into custody. He is now in the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $102,000.

Brice's charges include possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, concealing a weapon and obstruction.

In 2011, he convicted as a felon while still a juvenile.

It's possible Brice will be suspended from school. The 2013-14 Manatee School District Code of Conduct states: "if you commit a crime off campus and a prosecuting attorney formally charges you with a felony or with a delinquent act that would be a felony if you were an adult, you may be suspended for 10 days by the Principal."

New Manatee County School District Communications Director Steve Valley said: "He is no longer an active student in Manatee County schools."

The Code of Conduct lists charges such as concealed weapon and any felony with a firearm as grounds for suspension or expulsion. It also stipulates a hearing will no sooner than two days after parents are notified and no later than five days after to determine any punishment.

Brice was a second-string running back for Southeast who didn't get much play time.

Code of Conduct also stipulates: "felony charges may result in suspension from all extracurricular activities for a minimum of one calendar year and suspension or expulsion from school or reassignment to an alternative placement."

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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