BURBANK (CBS) — A 10-year-old boy was arrested Sunday after reportedly pointing a toy gun at a woman who believed it was a real weapon.
The boy knocked on the front door of the woman’s house and allegedly pointed the plastic gun at a 67-year-old woman who answered the door, according to the Burbank Leader. The boy picked the house because the woman’s grandson reportedly beat up his friend at school, Burbank police Lt. John Dilibert told the paper.
The boy yelled “you suck” at the woman while pointing the gun at her, then running away, Dilibert said.
Police determined the gun was a toy after speaking with the child’s mother and searching their home.
The boy was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a weapon, but was released to his parents, Dilibert said.
The toy looks like an Airsoft gun, which come in silver and black, with an orange tip that some children take off or cover with black marker, he said. Dilibert did not see if the orange tip of the toy gun in question was removed or colored over.
“They’re replicas,” Dilibert said. “They look just like the real thing. It shoots soft pellets, like a BB gun.”
The toy was likely booked as evidence, he said. Photos of the toy would not be released.
The boy’s identity was not released because he is a minor. He was issued a citation and will have to appear in court within 30 days.