A 25-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly pointed what turned out to be an air rifle that shoots plastic pellets at a woman and her teenage son in Burbank.
Officers responded about Thursday to the 1200 block of North Reese Avenue to a report of a man armed with a rifle, according to Burbank Police Sgt. Derek Green.
They learned that the suspect, later identified as Jose Luevanos had allegedly exited his home holding a rifle and pointed it at a 47-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son.
Both victims thought the weapon was real and feared for their lives, Green said.
“A perimeter was established around the house in which the suspect was believed to be,” Green said. “With the assistance of an air support unit, several verbal announcements were made instructing the suspect to exit the home.
A short time later, the suspect approached officers on foot and surrendered. The suspect was not in possession of the rifle at that time, but declared to officers that it was a BB gun.”
Detectives obtained a warrant and searched the man’s home and recovered an airsoft rifle, Green said.
Luevanos was arrested and booked on suspicion of displaying an imitation firearm in a threatening manner. He was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail and was due in court on Friday, Green said.
—City News Service
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