Teens arrested on weapons charges

When officers did catch up to one of the suspects, he allegedly “squared up” on them aggressively, prompting an officer to use his Taser, the report said.
Courtney Astolfi
May 24, 2014
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.

Comments

Stop It

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Yeah, square off against the cops. Free ride in cop car to the county.

Justwow

Get a life Paul. Go work one day in your life rather than be a thug and convict

Justwow

You make Sandtown more proud than they already are. Thank you

Mr. D

He is a good kid, just that he is misunderstood!

Comrade Boose

Post pictures. and names of all involved so we know who to avoid and who to tell our kids to stay away from.

Nemesis

But they MUST have been framed, because they're locals. According to your little group, Sandusky's problems are all caused by Cedar Point tourists.

FlyBoy86

Those weren't guns, they were party poppers in the shape of a gun.

Wald

What is the local chapter of the NAACP's stance on this incident?

YoMamma

The local NAACP would like to officially say these individuals were illegaly stopped because of racial profiling. They only had weapon's to protect themselves because they were in a known violent neighborhood. These are fine young church going boys who sing in the choir every Sunday.

Coljan

Teens getting involve with notorious actions are the ones that are being neglected. So parents must be updated to whatever things or activities their teens are into, even if they are young adolescents. We must secure them let them feel safe. So that there will be no misconduct will occur. Aside from that I have discovered an application that will help people to be safe and secure. Click: http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home

Whiskey in a Teacup

I heard a resident in the neighborhood say they saw Garnett standing still with his arms raised when he was tased. If all three ran I guess it's hard to say who ditched the gun.
I guess Gun powder residue will tell the story on who was holding and firing...