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Springs youth in Juvenile Hall on weapons charges

A 16-year-old Springs youth is in Juvenile Hall on a host of charges relating to homemade weapons the boy was making.

According to a release from Sgt. Cecile Focha, Sonoma County Sheriff’s public information officer, at about 11:39 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, a deputy was sent to the area of Riverside Drive and Verano Avenue for a report of a subject with a gun. An area resident called 911 reporting he had heard a gunshot and then saw a subject walk out of Maxwell Park.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, possibly in his 20s, wearing a baggy black and grey flannel shirt and very baggy pants. The suspect appeared to be in a hurry and was walking with a limp. The caller saw the suspect take a handgun from his side and put it in his belt under his shirt.

Focha said when the deputy was in the area of Arbor Avenue and School Street, he saw a person matching the clothing and gait descriptions. The deputy said the man behaved suspiciously and was concealing something. The person was detained and told the deputy that he was hiding a loaded gun in his pocket and there was more ammunition in another pocket.

The deputy removed a modified flare-gun which contained one live .22 caliber round. He found four additional unfired .22 caliber rounds in his pants pocket.


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