Police seek origin of handgun seized from 13-year-old boy

March 07, 2006|By RICHARD IRWIN

City police are tracing the history of a large-caliber semiautomatic handgun seized Friday night from a 13-year-old Northeast Baltimore boy after a man was robbed getting off an MTA bus.

Detective Charles Corbin of the city police robbery squad said a boy and the victim - a 20-year-old man - both got off the bus at Lombard Street and Market Place.

The boy pulled out the handgun and robbed the man of his cell phone, the detective said.

A witness used a cell phone to report the robbery, and the suspect was arrested nearby. He was charged as a juvenile with armed robbery and possession of a deadly weapon.

The gun - a 9 mm semiautomatic - was equipped with an unusually large, 33-round clip and a laser sight. Corbin said the gun sells for at least $800, but that the boy told him he bought it for $80 from an unknown person.

"We're checking to find out if it was stolen," Corbin said.

The suspect was being held at the city's Juvenile Detention Center on North Gay Street.

Richard Irwin

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