Crime

Spanaway teen charged in rifle-pointing incident

Pierce County prosecutors on Thursday charged a 13-year-old boy accused of pointing a rifle at two fellow students at a Spanaway bus stop.

The boy faces two counts of second-degree assault, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

He is being held at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center.

The seventh-grader told investigators he stole the guns and ammunition from his grandfather’s gun safe, according to charging papers.

Detectives found an unloaded .22-caliber rifle and a backpack with 300 rounds of ammunition near the bus stop near 172nd Street East and 10th Avenue East.

The boy said he sold two other guns missing from the safe to other teenagers, records show.

The teen “admitted the rifle was pointed at the victims in this case but stated he did not intentionally point it at them,” documents state.

He was arrested Wednesday after two girls arrived at Cedarcrest Middle School and reported the 8 a.m. incident to school officials, who notified the Sheriff’s Department.

Court records give this account:

A student noticed the boy pointing a rifle at her as she arrived at a bus stop so she walked to the next bus stop and told other classmates.

A student went to investigate and asked the boy if he had a gun. The boy said yes and offered to show it to him. After pulling out the rifle, the boy pointed it at two girls across the street.

When the bus came, the boy stashed the rifle in the bushes and rode the bus to school, a Bethel School District spokeswoman said.

The boy initially ran when confronted about the incident but eventually agreed to talk to detectives, giving conflicting stories about where he acquired the weapons.

He admitted to stealing them from his grandfather and told detectives where to find the rifle and ammunition.

A .44-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun and a .22 caliber Ruger Mark III semi-automatic missing from the safe were sold to fellow teenagers, the boy told investigators.

He sold them for vape supplies, marijuana and $120, records show.

The guns have not been recovered, but a teen allegedly admitted to buying a gun from the boy.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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