A 28-year-old Marshfield man is in police custody after he allegedly tried to bring two handguns into the Boston University commencement ceremony Sunday.
Andrea Massa was arrested by Boston University Police at a nearby security checkpoint around 1 p.m., Metro Boston reports.
Boston University spokesperson Colin Riley told Boston.com the suspect “didn’t want to let police stop him,” which prompted additional scrutiny.
Riley said Massa is not a student at the school.
The campus was under heightened security for the event, which included commencement speaker Gov. Deval Patrick.
Massa will be arraigned in Brighton District Court Monday, facing charges of disorderly conduct, carrying a firearm on school grounds, and violating the terms of his license to carry for hunting and target practice, which is a civil offense, according to the Boston Globe.
WHDH-TV News reporter Adam Harding reportedly spoke to Massa’s wife, who called the incindent a “misunderstanding.”
Wife of man arrested at BU for two guns: "it was a misunderstanding." He was attending his sister-in-law's graduation. #7news— Adam Harding (@AdamHardingNews) May 18, 2014
I'm told he had two small firearms on him but he's licensed to carry. His wife says he was planning to leave when learning no guns allowed— Adam Harding (@AdamHardingNews) May 18, 2014
1 of 2 guns guy was carrying at BU commencement pic.twitter.com/lE7K37LG5D— Adam Harding (@AdamHardingNews) May 18, 2014