18-year-old arrested for carrying pellet gun in Tower City

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CLEVELAND-  A local teenager is under arrest, accused of carrying a pellet gun at Tower City on Monday.

Management at Tower City is not commenting, but police records show officers were called to the building's security office just after 1 p.m.

Court documents show Robert Lavender-Houston, 18, of Cleveland, is accused of brandishing a facsimile firearm causing public alarm.

It is not clear from public records what his intention might have been but Lavender-Houston had been banned from Tower City for six months following an incident there in early December.

The incident closely follows the November death of Tamir Rice, 12, who was shot by a Cleveland police officer responding to a call that he was flashing a gun at Cudell Recreation Center. Following the fatal shooting the gun that Rice had was determined to be an airsoft pistol.

The circumstances involved in that incident remain the focus of a continuing investigation involving the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio BCI.

In the Monday incident, Lavender-Houston was taken into police custody and charged with possession of certain weapons in public as well as criminal trespass.

He entered not guilty pleas to the charges in Cleveland Municipal Court on Wednesday and was being held on $1,000 bond.​

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