March 5, 2018 – On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Griffith Elementary School Resource Officer (SRO) Steve Billingsley investigated a suspicious vehicle parked on school property before classes began, and ended up arresting two individuals on drug and firearms charges.
Billingsley responded to a report of a maroon Ford van with Ohio license plates parked near the football field between Sequatchie County Middle School and Griffith Elementary.
When he spoke with the man and woman in the van, Billingsley found that they had a handgun and a rifle, although the rifle was dismantled and not in firing condition.
Danny Parker, 30, and Kristy Routte, 29, were arrested and taken to the Sequatchie County Jail. Parker was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and a convicted felon unlawfully in possession of a firearm. Routte was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Both Parker and Routte are homeless.
A press release by the Sheriff's Department stated: “This incident occurred before the school was in session, and there never was a threat to the school system or any persons on the school property, including children. The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation, with assistance from the Dunlap Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Drug Division.”
Danny Parker (left) and Kristy Routte.