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A felon was arrested Thursday after he was found to have possessed a gun at a function at his child's Little Rock school, authorities said.

Little Rock police say Zyphria Derrick Watts, 39, faces charges of possession of a handgun on school property and possession of a firearm by a certain person.

Watts was attending an assembly at Pulaski Heights Middle School Thursday morning when police received information that he may be armed, Little Rock Police Department spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said.

Police made contact with Watts and he acknowledged having a gun on him, according to an arrest report. Officers then patted him down and found a .40-caliber pistol inside his overalls, a separate incident report said.

According to that report, Watts was also wanted on a failure-to-appear warrant out of Little Rock and an FBI warrant "for dangerous drugs."

He remained in the Pulaski County jail Thursday afternoon with bail not set.

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  • SUPERDUTY
    November 7, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.

    I want to see this guys form he filled out to buy this gun. Also, I would like to see the results of his background check. Yeah, right.

  • guzisalive
    November 7, 2013 at 3:23 p.m.

    I just want to know what tribe he comes from with a name like Zyphria- still laughing

  • Murphy01
    November 7, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.

    I'm shocked the kid actually has a father he/she knows.

  • LSS
    November 7, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.

    While I am amazed that this father was actually involved in his children's lives (at least he was taking them to school) - I am also saddened that children of today have to have a parent that is arrested in front of their classmates. Just so so sad.

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