A 15-year-old boy with a history of brandishing a BB gun at younger children was arrested again for allegedly doing it again.
Rochester police were called Wednesday evening after an 11-year-old boy reported to his mother that another boy had brandished a gun at him and his brother while they were playing football with a number of other children at Elton Hills Elementary, Lt. Mike Sadauskis said.
Police learned that six to eight boys were playing in the area of Elton Hills Elementary when a 15-year-old boy they knew showed up around 6:20 p.m. and asked if the group knew someone by the name of "Baby D." When the group gave their response, the 15-year-old allegedly told them he would beat them up and shoot them, Sadauskis said.
When one of them asked how the teen planned to do it, the 15-year-old boy allegedly pulled a gun out of his pocket and then put it back.
In an attempt to deescalate the situation, one of the group told the rest of the children to sit down. The 11-year-old boy and his sibling left but had to return to get their shoes, which were being used as goal posts, Sadauskis said. The 15-year-old reportedly told them that the last one to sit down would get shot. The teen reportedly used a racial slur.
Police located the 15-year-old a short time in the 2400 block of 15th Avenue Northwest. The teen reportedly had similar incident in April and June.
After a brief interaction, during which officers told the teen they would tase him if he did not comply, the teen was arrested. Officers found a BB gun that looked like a handgun in the teen's pants pocket. He could face charges of felony terroristic threats, gross misdemeanor use of a BB gun on school property and misdemeanor obstructing the legal process.
Most juvenile criminal records in Minnesota are not public information, but there are a few exceptions. If an offender is at least 14 years old and commits a felony-level crime, the juvenile may be certified to stand trial as an adult in criminal court, and would render all of the records relating to that crime as public.
Additionally, if a juvenile is 16 years old or older and is accused of a felony-level offense, all proceedings conducted by the juvenile court relating to that offense as well as the records relating to it are open to the public.