Teen arrested after brandishing gun on bus at Auburn Mall

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AUBURN — A 14-year-old was arrested Tuesday evening after allegedly pulling a gun on a WRTA bus at the Auburn Mall, prompting a swift police response that led to a peaceful resolution.

Auburn Police Dispatch received reports at 6 p.m. on March 19 of two males threatening three others with a firearm on the bus.

The victims exited the bus and headed toward the mall, while dispatchers provided officers with detailed descriptions of the suspects.

Despite all patrol officers being occupied with other calls at the time, they quickly diverted to the mall.

Upon arrival, one juvenile matching a suspect’s description was apprehended near the mall entrance.

Although he was not armed, he will face charges in Worcester Juvenile Court.

The second suspect was spotted running toward the parking garage.

Officers commanded him to stop and raise his hands.

Initially, he raised only one hand, keeping the other pressed against his waistband, suggesting he was concealing a weapon.

For their safety, officers drew their firearms and continued ordering the suspect to show both hands.

Eventually, the suspect complied, and a black handgun dropped from his jacket.

It was later identified as a replica pellet gun.

The 14-year-old was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace.

He also had two outstanding warrants and was held without bail.

The Auburn Police commended the officers for their quick and professional response and extended thanks to the Massachusetts State Police for their assistance during the incident.

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