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BB gun prank leads to possible felony charge

A Rochester man who apparently thought he was playing a joke on an acquaintance ended up in jail, possibly facing felony charges.

The incident began about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, when a 16-year-old female called police. She told authorities she'd been walking with friends in the 2100 block of Ninth Street Northeast when a car drove past. The driver looked at her, then pointed a firearm out the window and pulled the trigger, the report says.

The girl told police she thought the weapon was real, but no one had been injured.

Officers found a car matching the description in the 1500 block of Ninth Avenue Northeast, said Capt. John Sherwin. When the teenager was asked if the suspect was the same person who'd driven past them, she recognized him as the father of a friend's baby, the report says.

The gun turned out to be a BB gun, Sherwin said, and the 20-year-old said it had been empty.


Possible charges include terroristic threats-BB gun and carrying a BB gun in public.

The Post-Bulletin usually doesn't name suspects before they've been charged.

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