NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police arrested two teenagers in possession of a gun after one of the teen’s mothers reported them to police.
Police say on May 18 at about 6:30 p.m., the concerned mother of a 17-year-old New Haven boy phoned police to report her son had left their Elm Street apartment. She believed he was armed with a shotgun. The teen’s mother had grown concerned after noticing that her son looked angry. When she questioned him as to why he appeared that way, she indicated he was dismissive and went to his room. She said she overheard parts of a disturbing conversation between her son and someone he was on the phone with. The call made her anxious.
When mom saw her son leaving with a duffle bag, she stopped him and asked where he was going. She said she felt the bag. Her son’s answer that it contained clothes didn’t add up. After feeling it, she knew it contained something else. She described it as long and hard. When asked how long, she held her hands up and apart, suggesting it was about a foot and a half long. She told the officers that days ago she learned from someone else that her son may have had a shotgun concealed in a black duffle bag. She presumed the hard item she’d felt in the bag was just that. Even though she’d not seen what was inside the bag, she was concerned enough to phone police.
Officers issued a broadcast for the 17-year-old, passing along to area officers the young man’s description and that he may have been armed. A phone call from mom shed some light on the teen’s location. He said he was at a friend’s house on Garden Street.
Officers soon spotted the suspect. He was walking south on Garden Street toward Edgewood Avenue. When the officer approached him, the teen took off, running into a Garden Street home through the front door, closing and locking it behind him.
When officers went to the back of the house, they spotted a 16-year-old boy standing next to the open door of a stolen, green 2012 Ford Escape. Officers recognized the young man from a previous gun-related incident and knew he had an outstanding warrant. When the teen saw officers, he allegedly reached toward the floor area of the Ford’s back seat. He was quickly handcuffed and relieved of the stolen car’s keys.
Once it was confirmed the teen had a warrant for violating a court order, he was arrested. Officers then found the duffle bag located on the floor of the SUV. They say it contained a Mossberg Model “sawed-off” 12-gauge 600AT pistol-grip shotgun and shotgun cartridges.
“We are impressed with this parent’s decision to call on us to investigate this incident. Community policing depends on the citizens’ trust. We are grateful to this mother for providing us with the valuable information that kept her son and others safe,” said Chief Dean M. Esserman.
The 17-year-old was arrested and charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, interfering with police, and third-degree trespassing.
The 16-year-old is charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun and second-degree larceny.