After some investigating, officers quickly discovered the apparent weapon was actually an airsoft BB gun. But the look-alike weapon caused enough commotion to land both the teens criminal charges, according to a Sandusky police report.
Patrick Fox 18, of the 1500 block E. Perkins Ave., and a boy, 17, of the 1000 block of Fourth St., both received charges of inducing panic and disorderly conduct Sunday.
After receiving complaints about the pair at about 6:30 p.m., officers discovered Fox in the suspect car, parked in the 500 block of E. Madison St., according to the report.
Police ordered Fox to exit the vehicle and searched inside, where they discovered the BB gun, which had the appearance of a black semi-automatic handgun.
They arrested Fox on-site, but they couldn’t find his accomplice.
Fox told police the boy hadn’t held or pointed the gun, according to the report. Later, two witnesses told police both boys had pointed the gun through the Malibu’s windows and had also waved it from inside the car.
Police called the boy's home and spoke to his mother, and he turned himself in to the Erie County Detention Home soon after, they said Monday.