Two Cal Poly students have been arrested for allegedly having a cache of weapons and ammunition on campus


Two Cal Poly students were arrested Saturday after they were found in possession of two rifles, other weapons and ammunition on campus.

According to a Clery Law notice sent to the campus community on Thursday, Charles Hogaboom and Brandon Pham were arrested on suspicion of violating California gun laws, including possession of a concealed loaded handgun, a rifle, and various weapons and ammunition.

The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose information about crimes on and around campus.

According to university spokesman Matt Lazear, Cal Poly officers on patrol heard gunshots in the Polly Canyon Village area around 10:15 p.m. Saturday. At the same time, the police station “received several 911 calls from residents reporting the noise,” he said.

Officers found Hogaboom and Pham along Bully Canyon Road in possession of a loaded, concealed rifle and handgun, Lazear said. Officers also found a campus sign along the road with bullet holes, he said.

No injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

The two students were arrested and transported to the San Luis Obispo County Jail, and the university was informed they were booked on felony and misdemeanor charges, including weapons and vandalism charges, Lazier said.

During a search of Hajboom and Pham’s residences on campus, police also found and confiscated additional weapons, according to the notice. Additional weapons violations were also referred, the notice stated.

The police did not clarify the residential community in which the students lived or what their years and majors were.

Both students have since been released on bail but have been banned from campus, according to the notice.

Anyone who sees her on or around campus is asked to call 911 or 911 Cal Poly Police Department in 805-756-2281.

The matter was also referred to the university’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, Lazier said.

“The safety of our campus community is a top priority for Cal Poly, and with few exceptions, the use of firearms is not permitted on campus,” he said. “In the interest of safety, the university has removed both students from campus while the matter moves through the university’s criminal justice system and student conduct process.”

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