Cops: 12-year-old robs schoolmate with replica gun
9:49 PM CST, February 8, 2013
Investigators were questioning a 12-year-old boy who robbed a fellow student in a boy’s bathroom at a North Mayfair school Friday afternoon, using a BB gun that was a replica of a handgun, officials said.
The robbery took place about 2:40 p.m. at Palmer Elementary School, 5051 N. Kenneth Ave., said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien. One juvenile was in police custody on suspicion of robbing another juvenile, he said.
The 12-year-old robbed a 13-year-old of $5, according to police.
The younger boy caught the older in a restroom in the school’s annex building and put the replica gun to his chest, according to a police report. The attacker told the older boy to “give me your money,” and took the money.
The victim knew who the robber was, and told school officials and police. When a police officer questioned the younger boy, he admitted he had a black plastic BB gun, and the officer found it and confiscated it, according to the report.
Although it was a replica gun, it had a magazine and slide that allowed it to have a live round of ammunition in it when police confiscated it, according to the report. Police also confiscated a box of ammunition from the attacker.
Chicago Public Schools did not release any details, but released a statement regarding the robbery:
“When school officials learned of the incident, police were called and the CPS does not tolerate the presence of any weapon of any kind on school property for the safety and security of our schools, students, staff and visitors,” a spokesman said in a statement. “School officials took the appropriate steps of notifying CPD, who then took immediate action at the school.”