Police say teen pointed toy gun at motorist

January 12, 2012|By Peter Hermann

The assault rifle looked real to the woman who it was pointed at. She quickly called police and they arrested a 23-year-old man and a teenager near Westminster High School in Carroll County, and charged them with assault and reckless endangerment.

Maryland State Police said the "assault rifle" was actually an Airsoft gun "that closely resembled an assault rifle." Toy guns are supposed to have orange tips so that police and other know they're not real, but police said this one had its tip painted black, "apparently to make it look more like a real firearm."

The incident occurred Wednesday about 2 p.m. on Rout3 97. The victim told police that she was driving behind an older model Buick when a passenger leaned out the window and twice pointed the rifle at her. The woman called police and directed troopers to the car.

One of the troopers who made the stop was on his last ride-along with the Westminster Barrack Commander, Lt. Jim DeWees, before being allowed to patrol by himself.

The adult charged in the case was identified as Todd M. Gori, 23, of the 400 block of Ross Drive in Sykesville. The 17-year-old was charged as a juvenile.

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