Manas Moole Reddy, UCI Student, Accused of Possessing Loaded Gun on Campus

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A UC Irvine student was charged Wednesday with carrying a loaded firearm on campus, according to the district attorney's office.

Manas Moole Reddy, 28, of Irvine, faces felony counts each of possessing a loaded firearm on a college campus, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person--as well as the possibility of four years in prison.

Around 3 p.m. Monday, a passerby saw Reddy standing near a tree just north of Steinhaus Hall Service Road on the campus and clutching a firearm with his left hand inside an open shoulder bag across the front of his chest, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

The UCI Police Department was contacted, and Reddy was later arrested for having the revolver on campus loaded with six bullets, the OCDA reports.

He was held on $100,000 bail and has a pre-trial hearing scheduled Dec. 2 in Newport Beach.

Paul Henisey, the UCI police chief, posted a message on Facebook last night praising the female student's quick action in alerting authorities to the threat, while also indicating Reddy (who he did not identify by name) does not reside on campus:

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11 comments
FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I think if the man was so in fear for his life that he thought it was necessary to carry a gun around then maybe he shouldn't have been attending classes on campus? Many courses are available online these days...

Michelle Thomas
Michelle Thomas

Thank goodness for that passerby who got involved. I am sure lives were saved

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

If the dude was holding his revolver concealed in an open shoulder bag, he was up to no good.

Hopefully Coker follows up on this story. My money is on him having a girlfriend, or thinking he had a girlfriend, at UCI. All girls are belong to Manny.

Misty Misty
Misty Misty

Is that Rafi from the show "The League"? I love that guy, he's crazy!

Art Vasquez
Art Vasquez

Yes look in his eye's. There is nothing there.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Sickening the things they bother with arresting people for here. Your rights don't end just because you happen to be on a PUBLIC college campus. Goes for right to self defense just as much as free speech rights. If Chapman wants to ban guns on campus I have no problem with it but this should be a misdemeanor carrying without a permit charge (if he didn't have a permit) at most. Should have just let him go with a warning. 

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Misty Misty Maybe he was about to ambush Dirty Randy.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@TylerDurden @vegandawg23 Think you're an authoritarian fascist who thinks someone should be put in a cage for 4 years for doing what in Texas would be a "my bad". Unless you have evidence he had plans to shoot the place up with a six shooter then he should have not been arrested. Again change your name, you are unworthy of it. I suggest hillaryfan.

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