BRCC campus police: ‘Suspicious’ student arrested after officer finds two knives hidden by trench coat _lowres

Johann Looney, 18

An 18-year-old student was arrested Tuesday on the campus of Baton Rouge Community College after police found two knives hidden under the trench coat he was wearing.

Around 1:50 p.m., a campus officer noticed Johann Joseph Looney walking around in a long, dark tan coat in warm weather, estimated at 80 degrees, according to a BRCC police affidavit. After complaints of a suspicious person came in, police questioned Looney when he exited the student center on the campus at 201 Community College Drive, the document said.

With his trench coat off, Looney displayed a large knife poking out of the side of his pants, according to the affidavit. After Looney was handcuffed, officers discovered a small knife tucked into his clothing, the report said.

The Baton Rouge Community College displays signs that it is a “weapon free zone,” according to the report.

Looney, of the 10000 block of Redbud Street in St. Francisville, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of carrying a dangerous weapon by a student on school property.

BRCC spokesman Steve Mitchell confirmed Looney is a student at the institution. Campus community members signed up to the school’s emergency alert system received a notification about Looney’s arrest, he said.