NCSU trustee arrested with gun at Washington congressional office

07/23/2014 7:59 PM

07/23/2014 8:00 PM

A trustee for N.C. State University was arrested Wednesday in Washington, D.C., on a gun charge.

Ronald William Prestage, 59, is accused of trying to take a 9 mm Ruger handgun into a congressional office at about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to the U.S. Capitol Police. The gun was found loaded in a bag, police reported, and Prestage was charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

Prestage has served since 2013 as one of 13 members of NCSU’s board of trustees, according to the university’s website. He is president of Prestage Farms of South Carolina and president-elect for the National Pork Producers Council, according to the organizations’ respective websites.

Prestage was searched as a matter of routine at an entrance to the Cannon House Office Building, according to Officer Shennell Antrobus, a spokesman for the U.S. Capitol Police.

He was detained at Central Cell Block on Indiana Avenue, according to Antrobus. He was still in custody as of 4 p.m. Wednesday and was due in court on Thursday morning, according to Central Cell Block staff.

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