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Teens arrested on weapons charges

Courtney Astolfi • May 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Three Sandusky teens were arrested on weapons charges Friday after nearby police officers heard gunshots and one teen led them on a foot chase, allegedly ditching his gun as he ran.

Paul Garnett, 19, of the 500 block of N. Depot St., was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with evidence, obstruction, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest.

A 14-year-old Prospect Street boy and a 15-year-old Center Street boy were both charged with carrying concealed weapons, tampering with evidence and a curfew violation.

Sandusky police were patrolling at Poplar and Madison streets Friday when just before 1 a.m. they heard a gunshot ring out nearby, followed by a second shot that sounded as if it came from a second type of gun, according to a police report.

They soon found three teens at Central Avenue and Jefferson Street, one with a large bulge in his sweatshirt. He was later identified as Garnett, the report said. Officers also noted the smell of gunpowder hanging in the air.

As officers approached the trio, Garnett allegedly sprinted off, dropping a backpack and tossing a 9 mm pistol as he went.

When officers did catch up to Garnett, he allegedly “squared up” on them aggressively, prompting an officer to use his Taser, thereport said.

Back near Central Avenue, a neighbor shouted to officers that two boys had run into an apartment immediately after the shots were fired, the report said.

Officers searched the Jefferson Street home, finding both teens allegedly hiding in a corner. Stashed in a nearby closet was a .22-caliber revolver. Both of the recovered guns were missing a bullet, the report said.

Investigators arrested Garnett and the two boys, along with a third boy and a girl for curfew violations.

They conducted gunshot residue tests on Garnett and all three boys, the report said.

Garnett was taken to the Erie County jail, while the juveniles were taken to the Erie County Detention Home. Garnett remains behind bars on $22,000 bond.

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