Four Sandusky boys were arrested late Thursday for allegedly threatening bystanders with what they led them to believe was a gun. A 15-year-old West Madison Street boy was charged with inducing panic, while three of his friends, all 16 years old, of Neil, East Madison and Campbell streets, were charged with complicity to inducing panic.
Sandusky police went to a home in the 1800 block of Clinton St. at about 10:30 p.m., after learning of a group of boys threatening residents with a gun from a car window.
When they arrived, they found Jevin Florio on his front porch, holding an AK-47, according to a Sandusky police report.
Florio told officers he had retrieved his gun from the home after a group of four boys flashed what he was sure was “a black semi-auto pistol” out of a car window, the report said. Florio said they threatened to kill him, but they drove off once he had his own gun in hand, the report said.
Officers found the involved car on West Adams Street, after bystanders yelled at them to pull the vehicle over, the report said.
The 15-year-old backseat passenger soon admitted they were driving around, trying to scare people by pretending their phones were guns. The car’s driver denied involvement, and the other two passengers said the 15-year-old was the only one actively flashing his phone, the report said.
The boys were arrested and taken to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.