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Reynoldsburg: Toy gun confiscated after boy points it at officers

A Reynoldsburg boy found out last week that playing "cops and robbers" with a police officer will get you into trouble.

Police confiscated his toy gun when an officer spied a young boy hiding behind bushes with what appeared to be a firearm at 7:45 p.m. Aug. 4 in the 6800 block of Greenleaf Drive.

The officer confronted the boy, who said he was "just playing with the gun," Reynoldsburg police reports said.

The officer escorted the boy to his mother's apartment, "where I advised her that it was unacceptable for him to be aiming any sort of guns at other people, or police officers."

The officer said the "fake gun" was submitted to the property room for destruction.

In other recent incident police reports from the Reynoldsburg Police Department:

* A man told police he found a 3-year-old girl walking around unsupervised at 4:15 p.m. Aug. 6 in the parking lot of a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road. The reporting officer said he asked the child where she lived and she pointed east.

"I attempted to take custody of her but she proceeded to kick and scream, stating she did not want to go home," the officer wrote in the report.

Officers took the girl outside and walked east with her, then the child's mother pulled up in a car. The mother said she had let the girl and her 5-year-old sister play outside her residence in the 2300 block of Reagan Road. She said the "5-year-old was supposed to watch her (sister)."

The woman said she let the girls out to play at 4 p.m. and did not check on them until 4:30 p.m. The officer said the area the girls played was not fenced and there were several retention ponds between the home and where the girl was found.

Officers sent reports to Franklin County Children Services and forwarded a report to the city attorney to review for possible charges of child endangering.

* A man was arrested for running up to a police cruiser and striking the window with his fist several times Aug. 7 at the corner of Lauretta Court and Lancaster Avenue. Police reports said several officers responded to a fight involving a large group of people and after dispersing the group, were taking written statements when a man ran up to the cruiser and began hitting the window.

He was handcuffed and placed him in the cruiser. He was arrested him for criminal damaging, disorderly conduct and misconduct at an emergency.

The man told police he had blacked out earlier from the fight and "felt like he was in a dream." The man was transported to Mount Carmel East Hospital for treatment for his hand.

* Police charged several juveniles with underage consumption of alcohol and disorderly intoxication when a motorist complained Aug. 2 that two girls were sitting in the middle of the road in the 1200 block of Lancaster Avenue.

The reporting officer said two boys were also there and appeared to be trying to get the girls out of the road. The officer noticed "an odor of alcoholic beverage" coming from all four juveniles and tested all with a portable breath machine.

The teens admitted to drinking vodka shots. The two boys were charged with underage consumption and the two girls were charged with underage consumption and disorderly intoxication.

* An officer said a pit bull lunged at him while it was chained in a garage at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 5 at a residence in the 1900 block of Redwood Street.

The officer said the woman who owns the dog was given a verbal warning June 14 for harboring a vicious dog and was given 24-hour notice to remove the dog Aug. 4. The officer charged the woman with harboring a pit bull/vicious dog.

* The owner of another pit bull was cited for harboring a pit bull/vicious dog Aug. 4 at her residence in the 6500 block of San Miguel Place after ignoring a verbal warning to remove the dog.

The reporting officer said he gave the owner the warning July 29 after neighbors complained. The officer said he talked to the woman's 17-year-old son Aug. 4 and he said his mother was out looking for a home for the dog. The officer told the boy his mother must come to the police station to pick up her citation.

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