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Teens arrested in gun incident

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Mike DuPre'
May 27, 2008
— Gang signs were flashed and a shotgun brandished in an incident early Sunday morning at a Janesville restaurant that resulted in the arrest of two teen boys.

A 15-year-old Janesville boy was referred to juvenile authorities on charges of recklessly endangering safety, possessing a short-barreled shotgun, altering identification marks on property, disorderly conduct while armed, criminal damage and receiving stolen property, Janesville police reported.


Police reported he was in custody at the Rock County Juvenile Detention Center.


And a 14-year-old Janesville boy was referred to juvenile authorities on a felony charge of stealing a firearm, a 12-gauge Mossberg pump shotgun valued at $300.


A witness told Janesville police that a group of about seven people was antagonizing three young males at Denny’s, 632 Midland Court, about 2 a.m. Sunday, and that some in the group of seven were “throwing up hand signals” at three young males, according to police reports.


Witnesses told officers that the three left the restaurant, but one returned with a shotgun and stood outside a window near the group of seven. He either displayed the gun or pointed it at the group of seven, pumped the gun and flashed a gang sign, according witnesses’ statements in police reports.


Rock County sheriff’s deputies stopped the trio’s van about a half hour later, and the 15-year-old admitted walking up with the gun and told officers it was at his home, police reported.


Officers obtained a search warrant for the residence and retrieved the gun.



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