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Man with knife found on school campus
Jason Hotchkiss

A homeless man armed with a dagger was found asleep on the grounds of a Turlock elementary school Thursday morning.

The man, identified as 43-year-old Jason Hotchkiss by the Turlock Police Department, was found on the campus of Julien Elementary School at 1924 E. Canal Dr. around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, just after the first bell rang for the start of classes.

According to one parent, Hotchkiss was asleep on the grass near the track and away from the playground.

School officials contacted the police department and the school resource officer assigned to nearby Turlock High School, Officer Neil Raumann, who arrived quickly to the scene. Additional officers responded to the school as well.

Hotchkiss was on parole and was subject to a search. Officers found he had a concealed dagger in his possession.

Hotchkiss also had in his possession a toolbox, which Raumann discovered had been stolen from a nearby residence.

Hotchkiss was arrested and charged with felony possession of a dirk or dagger, possession of a weapon on school grounds and burglary. He was on probation for prior convictions of resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance. He also was on parole for petty theft, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

Hotchkiss is currently being held in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail without bail for the parole violation.