CLEVELAND– Cleveland police arrested a 14-year-old boy as a suspect in multiple hold-ups with a pellet gun that looked like a powerful revolver, the FOX 8 I-Team learned.
The arrest happened Wednesday night on the city’s west side.
Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association described the replica weapon as one of the “most realistic” fake guns he has seen.
“It actually has bullets, a cylinder that spins and a safety mechanism,” said Loomis, “You could not make a more realistic looking gun.”
The boy, who reportedly just turned 14 in December and was riding a bicycle is suspected of robbing, or attempting to rob four suspects around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; ranging from a man in his 60s to a young woman. All of the victims were targeted while walking along West 130th Street from Puritas South to Carrington Ave.
Loomis says he even threatened to shoot a mother in front of her two young children, “scaring people to death with this gun.”
Officers were able to quickly identify the teen and arrested him at his home; where they say he had hidden the gun, but turned it over to police without incident.
Loomis says he’s lucky nothing worse happened.
“No good is going to come of it,” said Loomis, ”If he turned on an officer, a CCW holder or a bad guy with a real gun.”
People who live in the area were also shaken and say enough is enough.
One mom and dad said it’s time parents take responsibility for their children and lawmakers do something about these guns.
“Kids shouldn’t be able to get their hands on things like that,” said Karie Scaggs.
Some communities, like Ashtabula have made it illegal for anyone to brandish replica guns in public or point them at people; after the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland by police while holding a replica gun.
Loomis will be traveling to Columbus next week to meet with lawmakers to discuss the issue. He says, they are also pushing for a law that will treat replica guns like real weapons when used in a crime; adding an additional 1 to 3 year gun specification to any sentence.
Meanwhile the 14-year-old suspect from Wednesday’s crime spree will be in court Friday morning charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.