Monday, June 14, 2010

Police give citation for second fake gun incident in two weeks

For the second time in less than two weeks, a fake firearm caused disruptions in Silverton.
A woman called 911 Wednesday afternoon to report that a man had approached her vehicle on Oak Street with a "gun and a note."
The Silverton Police Department began searching for the suspect, who was described as a scruffy male wearing yellow and white shorts, a dark T-shirt and fuzzy bath slippers.
Nearby Mark Twain Middle School was placed on lockdown about 2:15 p.m.
By 2:25 p.m., the suspect, Joseph Tobar, 33, of Silverton, was in custody.
Capt. Jeff Fossholm with the Silverton Police Department said officers found Tobar at his home.
He reportedly had gone to get his mail and saw a woman sitting in her car on Oak Street. He went over to ask her what she was doing.
He was carrying an Airsoft gun — a replica firearm that shoots plastic pellets — on top of the mail.
The woman was unable to tell the gun was fake, sped away and called 911.
Tobar was cited for second-degree disorderly conduct.
Last week, six teens and one adult received the same citation after they panicked a neighborhood while playing with Airsoft guns in a Silverton field.

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