A Kingston teen has been charged after threatening a victim with a handgun during a backpack sale gone hostile on Saturday, Jun. 22, 2019.
The victim was buying a valuable backpack from the accused male teen at the Cataraqui Town Centre. According to Kingston Police, the two were casual acquaintances.
While walking south across the parking lot to complete the transaction, the accused teen suddenly threatened to punch the victim in the face if he did not give up the backpack. The accused teen then grabbed the backpack from the victim and ran away.
The victim and a male witness, who had seen the events unfold, pursued the accused teen on foot.
The accused teen then reached into his own backpack and, while still being chased, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the witness and the victim. Both the victim and the witnessed then stopped their pursuit of the accused.
Police responded and, after further investigation, were able to positively identify the accused teen from security video from inside the mall.
While on regular patrol on Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019, police observed the accused teen riding a scooter on Rideau Street at approximately 8:30 p.m. The accused was arrested and subsequently transported to police headquarters where he was held to attend a bail hearing the following day.
The 13-year-old local male was charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, pointing a firearm, use of a firearm/flight after an indictable offence, and possession of a weapon for committing an offence.