Teen With Gun Near Park To Be Charged

The 15-year-old was spotted on Route 31 with a rifle Christmas morning. Here's what happened.

A male teenager was taken into custody late Christmas morning after he was seen with a rifle near Wheeler Park, according to police and reader reports.

The initial address on the police call was in the 400 block of North First Street (Route 31) near Stevens Street in Geneva. The incident took place at about 11:35 a.m. after police received two calls regarding a male of undetermined age crouching behind a dark-colored sports utility vehicle.

While in custody, Geneva police determined that the teen was carrying an airsoft rifle, the Kane County Chronicle reports. Airsoft guns shoot plastic BBs and other projectiles, but many of them can appear similar to real firearms.

The teen, who is in town visiting family, was referred to a juvenile officer for a final disposition, the Chronicle's story said. Geneva Police Commander Julie Nash said the 15-year-old is expected to be charged in juvenile court with disorderly conduct, the Chicago Tribune reports.

St. Charles police assisted with the call.

mcf December 27, 2012 at 09:02 PM
It Seems As If There Are ALOT Of Family Members On Here Trying To Defend This Inappropriate Behavior!! Probably Learned It From Them
tim dwyer December 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM
@mcf - not a family member - you are extolling the same Christmas spirit as the WORTHLESS Geneva Police Department. He is a kid with a toy gun outside playing compared to some kids that sat in front of a TV all day Christmas playing video games. You must work for the City.
Ted Toburen December 28, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Wow...amazing discussion. TV is right. Suspicious behavior does not constitute a crime, but it does warrant an investigation. Once the situation was assessed, the kid should have been advised of the potential confusion and problems this could have caused, then wished Merry Chrstmas and sent home...not prosecuted...unless there is more to this story than our fearless reporter has communicated. But Nagel never makes mistakes...So Free the Geneva Christmas Pop Gun Bandit!!!
Susan Sayers December 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Unfortunately, in today's world ~ we need to be proactive. If I had seen this teen in camouflage clothing (crouched behind a vehicle) -- I would have been alarmed. I am surprised that no adult (or the teen for that matter) wouldn't have "expected" that maybe someone would be alarmed in seeing ANYONE who is dressed in "camo" clothing and carrying a gun. If he were out in the middle of the woods during shooting season, it would be acceptable. Tell me ~ if I were to go out dressed in a black cloak with a rifle -- and I hid behind a tree, would you not find me to be suspicious??? Seriously. Now whether or not the child should have been charged is not for me to judge. I don't know what took place, nor do I feel the right to judge the police. They have to make the best decisions based on what takes place at the scene. We don't know all the facts. Police are often criticized for their decisions, but I'm not sure that any of us would make the right decision every day, at every call. It is a very difficult job. Personally, I'd rather have the police "err on the side of caution," rather than to readily dismiss "unusual" behavior. I personally support and honor our police. I'm glad I don't walk in their shoes ........ I would be arrested (for arresting all the people) who beep at my lousy driving! LOL P.S. And I didn't hit that mailbox...... = )
Fozzie Dabear December 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM
There are kids killed every year for carrying 'toy' guns that look so much like real ones that cops think they are about to get shot. Although this boy might not have realized that, he is lucky to be alive. And we are lucky to have careful police. Ok so after the police of two cities were called out and had to walk into some situation that they saw as being very dangerous - at least until the truth was known - the boy has to tell it to the judge. Perhaps it isn't the best outcome but it is by no means the worst either.


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