Teenagers arrested after ‘gun’ threats

Report: Boys flashed phones from cars, told bystanders they were guns
Courtney Astolfi
Sep 22, 2013
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.

Comments

Brainiac2007

Well if my sons or daughter would have done this they would still be home tending to a sore bum! They would not see the light of day, but considering the same day they were released from the detention center they were at the football field like nothing ever happened explains a lot! MOST children are a product of their environment and this definitely proves that theory! I don't care if your child is a straight A student gets a player of the year award for every sport played they committed a crime and it should be treated as such! No wonder the youth in this society is so messed, its in the genes and comes from the previous generation!

Mum-of-One

Physical punishment doesn't work so parents think they have to keep escalating it. That is why it is so dangerous. A punished child becomes preoccupied with feelings of anger and fantasies of revenge, and is thus deprived of the opportunity to learn more effective methods of solving the problem at hand. Thus, a punished child learns little about how to handle or prevent similar situations in the future.

Mystery_Cheese

Pretty sure spankings and punishments worked just fine for me and many of my friends. As a child, I quickly learned I hated spanking, and learned that I would prefer to avoid it. Which meant I had to be good. Sometimes you just have to spank a kid to get the point across. A lot of these parents that don't punish their kids end up with spoiled rotten brats that don't realize there are serious repercussions for bad behavior. To each their own though.

44870 South

Wow...

44870 South

Is it true these kids are PERKINS students??

lugnut2511

@44870 south, Judging by their addresses it on looks like one might be from perkins if that..The part no one commented on was the fact that these kids would of came back around to that neighborhood, they probably would of ended up killed. This is some serious stuff here. The 2nd Amendment allows us to brandish arms, therefore this kids really have no ideal that they could of lost their lifes over doing something so stupid. I hope the judge imposes something these kids can learn from.

Brainiac2007

Yes indeed it is! They live in Sandusky and are open enrolled!

bobshumway92

Thanks Gunner!

Brainiac2007

Lugnut2511---------I ABSOLUTELY agree with you, we need no more senseless tragedies in our environment. Had these boys been killed it would have been a HORRIBLE tragedy, on the other hand the innocent people they were targeting would have had every right to protect themselves but more then likely would have been targeted by these said families beings they feel their children do no wrong. I positively hope that the judge imposes a stiff penalty and makes them think twice before coming into contact with the law again. Im sorry but I feel if a parent cannot keep control of their children, then they are out committing these types of acts then the state should take custody of them and show them what real life is about. I had my hide tanned many of times growing up and I turned out wonderfully, I have respect, help others, and do NOT think about committing what could be considered violent crimes (or any crimes for that matter)! These boys think they are above the law! God help them in a few short years when they are subjected to the real world because they have no idea nor direction! Too many thugs and thug wanna-be's in this area!

2cents

AK47 really, please use that at the range! Home protection, shotgun or hollow point handgun rounds, NEIGHBORS, NEIGHBORS, remember?

As for the juveniles, Wow, they are lucky the cops got them before someone took them out.

JudgeMeNot

Building an AK from parts requires no background checks or serial numbers. Keep that in mind next time you spout off.

lugnut2511

AK47? Dang right! Handguns and a shot gun, really? 4 people in a car and you would rather have a handgun or shotgun huh,, Hmmm guessing someone isnt getting it here

2cents

"Hmmm guessing someone isnt getting it here"

Correct, you guys, if they were gang bangers and wanted you dead they would have done it before you went inside to get your rifle after they teased you! Sitting on the porch with that rifle after the fact is a little late....

huronguy

AK47 is fine! This guy had no idea what he was up against, what they had inside or in the trunk of the car, I would had got the ak and 100 round drum out too! if it's my life or your's. it won't be me I'll do my best to come prepared.

2cents

Well if you like jail, one of the things they encourage in a CCW class is not to be over powered. If you kill the little old lady down the street with your round, you too will be doing time. He could lean the AK on the wall inside the house and sit on the porch with his 45 just in case these kids had him out phoned : )

Brainiac2007

2cents, I guess its all in a perception of how each person sees the threat. If I felt I had to protect my family to that degree then id be happy to oblige to the jail time my family was protected. And I think in reality Sandusky is getting completely out of control and usually when one threatens with a "gun" 9 times out of 10 they have weapons in their possession, someone just needs to take these boys out and show them what a "behind the barn a$$ woopin is"! Period

2cents

Brain, they say never bring a knife to a gun fight, but in reality what is happening here is the guy is showing his cards. Next week he may come home to find that AK missing from the closet and his back door pried open, that is unless he has a good safe, a security system or is home all the time. People do not fear that you own a gun, they may fear you if it is pointed in their face. It is kind of like owning a safe, would you place that safe on a ground floor in open view with the drapes open all day?

Just saying!

JudgeMeNot

oh shut up with your rubbish. The world does not revolve around you.

2cents

What, truth hurts?

Darwin's choice

Sad, but true....!
HIGHSCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2012

Scenario 1:

Jackgoes duck hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2012- School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:

Johnnyand Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2012 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark.They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffreywill not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2012 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. Hebecomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:

Billybreaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2012 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse, Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.

2012 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English.

1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2012 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state.Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement forgraduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 - Ants die.

2012- ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism.The FBI investigates his parents - and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Johnnyfalls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 –In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2012 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

2cents

Yeppers!

(Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed)

1969, we went to drug store and bought oxidizers, then cut open old Etch-E-Sketch for the aluminum dust : )

YoMamma

Excellent Darwin!

44870 South

Haha!!! That was awesome Darwin...sad, funny, and true all at the same time.

bigrmachine

You have hit that nail on the head Darwins choice . However you have forgotten the most important thing in all these scenarios . You had for got to mention involving the fire departments being called from all the area cities and counties when things like this happen today.