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Teen With Pellet Gun Threatened Couple, Cops Allege

The suspect, a 15-year-old boy from Ewing, allegedly displayed an Airsoft pellet gun and threatened to kill a Lawrence Township couple whose vehicle had crossed paths with the teen's bicycle on Princeton Avenue Tuesday evening, according to police.

A Ewing Township teenager was arrested minutes after he allegedly threatened a Lawrence Township couple with a pellet gun Tuesday evening (July 10), Lawrence Township police announced yesterday.

The 15-year-old Ewing boy, whose name was not disclosed because he is a juvenile, was charged with making terroristic threats, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to Lt. Mark Ubry, a Lawrence Township police spokesman.

The boy was lodged in the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center in North Brunswick which, following the closure within the last year of Mercer County’s own youth detention center, is where juvenile prisoners from Mercer County municipalities are now taken.

Ubry said the alleged encounter between the 15-year-old and the couple took place shortly before 8:10 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Brunswick Circle Extension.

The couple – a 20-year-old man and his 19-year-old wife – first encountered the boy at the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Spruce Street. Ubry said the boy was riding a bicycle northbound along Princeton Avenue as the couple, traveling in a vehicle being driven by the wife, turned right from Spruce Street to also go north on Princeton Avenue.

For a reason not yet clear to police, the boy allegedly became angry and followed the couple's vehicle, Ubry said.

As the couple’s auto came to a halt for a stop sign at the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Brunswick Circle Extension, the 15-year-old allegedly pedaled up alongside the passenger’s side of their vehicle on his bike, Ubry said.

The 15-year-old, reaching into a bag he had with him, then allegedly pulled out a handgun which the couple believed was real, Ubry said. He said the boy never pointed the weapon at the couple, but allegedly told them he was going to kill them.

The couple sped away and called police. Within minutes, the 15-year-old suspect was located and taken into custody, Ubry said, noting that the weapon – an Airsoft pellet gun – was in the boy’s possession at the time of his arrest.

Ubry said the 15-year-old suspect and the couple are apparently strangers and the motive for the boy’s alleged actions remains under investigation by Officer Daniel Gladney and Detective James Smith.

Witnesses to the incident are asked to call police at (609) 896-1111.

Sanriobaby July 12, 2012 at 07:13 PM
What is WRONG with kids today?!!!! If this brat wants to be a bad ass, then his identity should be made public, screw his age. He threatened to KILL people with a gun. Does it matter that it was a pellet gun vs a real gun? I'm sure the threat still felt the same to the victims. He should be charged as an adult and the judge should throw the book at him! SMDH over wanna be thugs....
Too much July 12, 2012 at 07:58 PM
If they release his name he will be a celebrity amount other scumbags.
Tom Regan July 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM
What really is the problem here besides the youth of America being thugs is the fact that when the police show up and he has a gun - then is shot dead - and then there is a rally for the "poor boy - he only had a pellet gun". I guess the police are supposed to wait until he fires first to determine it was only a pellet gun. Let's get real here - time to take back America from all of the crime and riff raff. I really wish a politician would get up in front of people - yell and scream - say everything that you and I are thinking - not be afraid to offend anyone and really do the right thing. The American man - the good hard working man - the one who goes to work everyday - no matter what color or religion is now the minority. He is the one footing the bill for everyone else. The rich have the money - the poor have the social programs - the middle man gets the bill for it all.............

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