Friday, January 20, 2012

Teenager with gun in KATU video arrested

PORTLAND, Ore. - A 17-year-old boy was arrested Friday after he was recorded by a KATU News crew last week carrying a handgun and being chased near the Lloyd Center MAX stop.

The gun, police said, turned out to be an Airsoft pistol, but the orange tip that distinguished it from a real handgun had been removed from the airsoft gun.

The 17-year-old was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and was excluded from riding TriMet buses or MAX trains, police said.

Last Friday, a KATU News crew happened to arrive at the MAX stop to work on a story about crime on MAX trains when it recorded on video the teenager running with the airsoft gun from a volunteer safety patrol group known as the Guardian Angels.

The group had apparently confronted the teenager at or near the MAX stop when he took off running. Two safety patrol members pursued him but the teenager outran them.

Police used KATU’s video to assist in identifying the suspect. They contacted the teenager who agreed to turn himself in.

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