Boy reports teen knocked him off bike, pointed gun at him

2013-09-12T16:15:00Z 2013-09-12T23:10:09Z Boy reports teen knocked him off bike, pointed gun at himTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 12, 2013 4:15 pm  • 

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A 9-year-old boy told authorities he was knocked off his bicycle Thursday afternoon and then dragged through the grass by a teenager who pointed a gun at him.

Authorities said they were called about 1:30 p.m. to Forest Oaks mobile home park.

The boy told police he was riding his bike in the park when someone shouted, "Get down. Get down. Get off your bike."

The boy said the teen ran toward him, pushed him off his bike, grabbed him by the wrists and sat him against a tree. He told investigators the teen put his hand over the boy's mouth and pointed a gun with a wooden handle at his face.

The boy explained the teen told him, "Stay there, or else you'll be dead."

He said the teen walked away to the north between two trailers.

The teen was described as 15 to 16 years old, wearing a brown shirt and light blue shorts, with dark hair, sideburns, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and about 170-180 pounds.

Authorities said the boy was not injured, but his glasses were bent. They checked the area and talked to neighbors, but no one saw anything.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Porter County Sheriff's Department at (219) 477-3000.

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