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Arrest After Incidents With Toy Gun, Knife

KSAL Staff - April 13, 2016 11:03 am

A 12-year-old boy is in juvenile detention following an incident with a toy gun on a school bus, and a second unrelated incident involving a knife on a school playground.

Police Captain Mike Sweeney says that the first incident happened at 2:51 Tuesday afternoon when two girls on a school bus reported to the bus monitor that a student on the bus had a gun and was playing with it. The monitor notified the driver, who radioed to bus dispatch and pulled over in the Target store parking lot at 2239 Market Place. Police responded to the bus, and discovered that a 12-year-old boy had a 4 inch long toy rifle cap gun. The cap gun was confiscated, and the boy’s mother responded and took custody of him. Sweeney says that no charges are expected in the incident.

A couple of hours later, at 5:36 pm, police were dispatched to the playground at Schilling Elementary School at 3121 Canterbury Drive. Sweeney says that the same 12-year-old from the bus threatened three children with a knife. He says that the boy displayed a brown handled knife with a 4 inch blade and threatened to stab an 8-year-old and two 9-year-old children. He is alleged to have then chased the children as they ran from him. The children contacted their parents, who called police.

Sweeney says that the 12-year-old was taken into police custody, and could face charges that include aggravated assault and making criminal threats. The boy’s name was not released because of his age.

Sweeney says that the two incidents are unrelated. There were no injuries in either incident.

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