Man arrested in Iredell entered Davidson preschool classroom, police say


Pictured above: Christopher Staton following his arrest by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office – Submitted photo

DAVIDSON, NC (WSIC) – A man arrested in Iredell County Friday walked into a Davidson preschool classroom this week and said he was interested in being a teacher, according to police.

Davidson Police Chief Penny Dunn tells WSIC in a statement tat Christopher Staton entered an occupied classroom at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church preschool where he was stopped by a teacher as he came into the room. He reportedly cooperated with the teacher’s request to leave. Police say the incident was not criminal in nature and that Staton was not intoxicated. The school requested he be told not to enter the premises again.

Christopher Staton was arrested in Mooresville Friday, March 15 on a felony charge of breaking-and-entering a motor vehicle. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says it was called after Staton was seen walking down the street carrying a hatchet and talking to himself. According to responding deputies, Staton was found behind a Ford Mustang and told them he planned to take it with or without the owner’s permission.

“The (preschool) incident serves as a reminder for all schools, day cares and other child care facilities to lock doors or monitor unlocked doors to prevent entry by someone other than employees or parents,” said Dunn in a statement.

All Davidson schools were provided information about the incident.

Staton’s next court day on the breaking-and-entering a motor vehicle charge is Monday, March 25. According to a court calendar, he also has two pending misdemeanor trespassing charges in Iredell County.

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