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: June 06, 2007, 12:46:57 PM

11-Year-Old Arrested For Using Rubber Band Gun

OCOEE, Fla. -- An 11-year-old Ocoee boy was arrested for playing with a toy gun. Police said the arrest was necessary, because it was a safety issue.

The boy was using a rubber band gun and his father said the kid did nothing wrong, but police said they take it as a serious threat and the 11-year-old is facing felony charges.

The crime isn't very common, but Ocoee police said it is serious. It centers on an 11-year0old boy and his toy short-barreled shotgun.

The incident started Sunday afternoon, when the 11-year-old was riding in his dad's pickup near Clarke Road and White Road in Ocoee. Someone driving nearby called police after they said the boy pointed what looked like a real gun out the window. The victim told police she was afraid for her life.

"With that type of behavior, it's hard to tell if it's a real gun or not, especially in their car," said Sgt. Randy Conyers, Ocoee Police Department.

But, according to the charging affidavit, the 11-year-old's dad said nothing was wrong with what his son had done and that he used to do it as a kid. The boy even told police he was pretending to be a cop and thought the victims were laughing with him.

The gun itself only fires rubber bands and was checked into evidence. Police didn't comment on the weapon's color or release any images. Still, the victims said they were frightened and, police said, toy or no toy, the charges are justified.

Eyewitness News spoke to the father of the suspect on the phone. He said his son is out of juvenile detention and that a judge told him the case would be dropped. He also confirmed that the gun was black, but that it looked more like a stick than a gun.

http://www.wftv.com/news/13448349/detail.html

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#1 : June 06, 2007, 01:01:37 PM

Victims. Victims!!! LMAO!

Yes, poor victims of an assault by a little boy with a ... rubber band gun. I am sure they are traumatized for life.

What a joke. Good that the charges have been dropped but still, what a joke.

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#2 : June 06, 2007, 04:18:25 PM

If we don't fight these kids in Florida, they're going to follow us home.

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#3 : June 06, 2007, 06:08:38 PM

yes lets arrest an 11 yr old that doesn't know any better, and let someone who has 23 felony charges out of jail to kill his wife and attempt to kill himself

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#4 : June 06, 2007, 06:11:00 PM

Ummm, right. I can see if someone calls and says, "Some kid pointed a shotgun at me" you stop the car and search the kid for a shotgun but once you find out it is a rubber band gun.....the whole discussion just needs to end.

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#5 : June 06, 2007, 08:13:00 PM

Ummm, right. I can see if someone calls and says, "Some kid pointed a shotgun at me" you stop the car and search the kid for a shotgun but once you find out it is a rubber band gun.....the whole discussion just needs to end.

Exactly.  You have to take the threat seriously if you're the cops.  But once you realize what happened you tell the kid not to do that anymore and have the same chat with his dad.  No harm no foul, but use better judgement.  Charging an 11 year old kid with a felony for damn near anything is ridiculous, but especially this.

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#6 : June 06, 2007, 09:00:17 PM

"The crime isn't very common, but Ocoee police said it is serious."

We are talking about the Ocoee Police Department, there is no such thing as common sense in that area.  This story even shows how redneck the people are on the side of the road.  A shotgun that looks more like a stick... I'm guessing they didn't buy that rubberband gun, but made it from a stick and painted it black.

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#7 : June 07, 2007, 12:39:45 AM

So while charging, booking an 11 year old and investigating the lethality of the rubber bands, 22 cars were stolen, 16 houses burgled, 3 attempted rapes, and a drive by shooting. 

Your tax dollars hard(ly) at work!

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