Man sneaks weapons, ammunition onto St. Jude's campus - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man sneaks weapons, ammunition onto St. Jude's campus

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A St. Jude's patient's father is behind bars after taking a loaded gun, knives, and ammunition into a housing complex at the hospital.

Police say Aaron Cauley, 29, hid a loaded Sig Sauer P250 pistol, two hunting knives, and 57 rounds of ammo underneath child's clothing, inside a backpack.

Cauley and the patient's mother are no longer involved, but they came to Memphis while their daughter received treatment for a brain tumor.

A day before their daughter's treatment ended, police say Cauley pointed the loaded gun at her face and told her he would kill her.

The next morning, Cauley got angry and threatened to injure the woman's other child.

The woman alerted hospital security. Hospital security told police they saw Cauley getting off an elevator at the hospital and searched him. He was carrying a pocket knife; they found the loaded pistol, hunting knives, and ammunition hidden in the backpack.

Police say while he was being arrested Cauley told the victim, "They can't hold me forever."

Afraid for her life, the woman declined to talk to the media about her ordeal.

Cauley is in Shelby County Jail on an $85,000 bond. He is scheduled to go before a judge Thursday.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has a strict policy against carrying any type of weapon into the hospital. Click here to read the policy.

The hospital released a statement regarding the incident. It reads: 

"The health, welfare and safety of patients, their families and staff at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a top priority. St. Jude Security notified the Memphis Police Department yesterday (3/17) about a domestic incident in a housing facility, and an arrest was made. No one was harmed. St. Jude is cooperating with the Memphis Police Department during its investigation. St. Jude prohibits anyone from carrying any handgun, firearm or prohibited weapon of any kind inside any St. Jude building or housing facility. The individual who violated this policy will not be permitted back on campus. St. Jude has a number of security measures in place—some visible, some not—to protect the welfare and safety of patients, their families and staff. It's inappropriate to discuss these safety measures further. Due to patient privacy regulations, St. Jude is limited in its ability to comment on specific patients and their families. We can't provide further comment due to the ongoing police investigation."

There are no metal detectors at St. Jude Research Hospital entrances, but there is a security check-in.

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