Juvenile Crime Task Force Arrests 2 Teens from Stolen Car; Loaded AK-47 Pistol and Ski Mask Recovered
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Juvenile Crime Task Force officers, with help from an MNPD helicopter crew, late Thursday night arrested two teens, ages 16 and 17, who fled from them in a stolen 2017 Nissan Altima. Even more troubling was the seizure of a ski mask and an AK-47 pistol loaded with one round in the chamber and 14 rounds in the magazine.
Task Force officers were patrolling in the area of Brick Church Pike and Ewing Lane at 10:30 last night when they spotted the stolen Altima traveling inbound on Brick Church Pike (the car was taken Tuesday from Aparna Court in the Whites Creek area—the key fob had been left inside). When officers tried to stop the car, the 16-year-old driver took off at a high rate of speed. Officers did not pursue, but immediately radioed the car’s description to a police helicopter. The air crew spotted the Altima and followed it so that ground units could deploy spike strips, which damaged three of the tires. The two teens bailed from the car at the intersection of Youngs Lane and Alice Street. The driver was immediately apprehended. The 17-year-old came out from his wooded hiding spot and surrendered after seeing that an MNPD canine team was approaching.
The gun and ski mask were recovered from the back seat of the car.
Both teens were taken to juvenile detention and charged with auto theft, unlawful gun possession and evading arrest.