12-year-old Thomasville boy arrested for attempting robbery with fake rifle

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 9, 2018

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Thomasville Police body camera video shows officers arresting a 12-year-old boy for aggressively pointing a gun at people.

TPD says it happened Wednesday afternoon, when the kid should have been in school. Multiple calls came in about a subject armed with a gun and possibly trying to rob people near the intersection of Madison and Clay Streets.

The gun looked like a hunting rifle with a scope mounted on top. Witnesses told police the boy pointed it at a mother with a small child.

"In the heat of the moment, the officers are not going to know whether it's a real gun or a fake gun or a pellet gun," said Sgt. Toby Knifer.

Officers arriving on the scene noticed the subject was a juvenile they've dealt with several times in the past. Police say it wasn't until after cuffing him that officers discovered the weapon was a pellet gun that was made to look real.

"Nobody knows whether it was a real gun or not. You need to understand, it's your responsibility," said Sgt. Knifer.

TPD says real or not, you can be charged if use it as a weapon to threaten people.

"Officers did an excellent job, and fortunately, it didn't escalate into anything more than what it was," said Sgt. Knifer.

The boy has been charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He also faces charges for participating in a criminal street gang.