Liberty Elementary School in Midway was locked down and a ceremony put on hold last Wednesday when a man wanted for warrants was arrested inside the school.
According to a report filed by Liberty County Deputy Sheriff Gary Richardson, he was waiting in an office at the school for the ceremony when Antwane Quarterman walked in. The deputy is on assignment with the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task force and recognized Quarterman as a fugitive who has been sought for several months for a probation violation and two counts of financial transaction-card fraud.
According to the report, when Quarterman spotted Richardson, he began to make his way out of the office. Richardson approached Quarterman, told him he was under arrest and that he needed to step into an empty conference room. Quarterman continued to try to leave. Richardson grabbed him by the arm. Quarterman tried to push the officer away. Richardson then grabbed Quarterman, wrapping both arms around him and telling him he was under arrest and needed to comply. The report says Quarterman continued to resist and became more physical.
During the struggle, both men lost their balance, giving Quarterman an opportunity to flee. He ran down a hall. Richardson chased him and tackled Quarterman at the end of the hall, sending both men into a wall and damaging the sheetrock. Quarterman’s head, knee and elbow hit the wall.
Quarterman continued to struggle until Michael Robinson and Leonard Schlaugh came to get Quarterman into an empty room until he calmed down. Quarterman complained of having an asthma attack and chest pains. He was checked by the school nurse who determined he didn’t need immediate medical attention.
The school was placed on lock down and the ceremony was delayed. Quarterman was turned over to Midway Police Officer Mark Rich and taken to the Liberty County Jail, where charges of obstruction of a law enforcement officer, interference with government property and disrupting school activities were added to his warrants.