Have you ever done something that you thought was funny in the moment only to realize later that maybe the joke went a bit too far? It’s not an uncommon occurrence among children and teenagers. A teenager in Maryland is facing a pretty harsh reality following what he likely thought was a mere gag.
According to WBAL Baltimore, police arrested two suspects on Wednesday after getting a disturbing call from a motorist in Westminster. She reported that she had been driving next to another vehicle when one of the men inside the car pointed what looked like a rifle at her. Police found the car and apprehended the two inside. They are now facing assault charges.
The two defendants were in a Buick, that the woman was right about. However, no one was actually pointing a rifle at her — at least not a real rifle. Upon investigation of the matter, police found that the so-called rifle that the woman reported being threatened by was actually a toy gun.
Toy or not, the two suspects are still facing criminal charges. The driver in the car, 23, is charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The other suspect in the car was only 17 years old.
When a minor gets involved with the criminal justice system, it serves his best interest to be treated as a juvenile. In this case, the system is charging the teen as a juvenile. Avoiding adult charges generally means that juveniles will get a better chance at rehabilitation and staying out of the system in the future.
WBAL Baltimore: “Police: 2 Arrested After Pointing Fake Rifle At Driver,” Jan. 11, 2012
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