Police have arrested an unnamed 16-year-old teen after he had broken into a Massachusetts town mall, stolen a gun from Dick’s Sporting Goods, and ended up forcing the cops to have a 7-hour long standoff with the kid from outside the store.
A SWAT team showed up after it became apparent that the unstable teenager had stolen “a long gun”, according to witnesses.
While police went after the teen inside the mall, they found that he had fled. It took them several more hours to find him. He was finally apprehended about 13 miles away in a different town.
The Daily Mail reports:
SWAT teams were called out to the Square One Mall in Saugus in the early hours of Monday morning after reports of a break-in at Dick’s Sporting Goods – which sells a variety of rifles and shotguns.
Sources told CBS Boston that the teen armed himself with a ‘long gun’ after stealing the weapon and ammo from the store.
Cops closed off the area and warned the public to stay away as the ‘armed and dangerous’ teen holed up inside the mall. SWAT and police teams, as well as several K9 units, were sent in after him but the teen had fled.
He was finally apprehended, 13 miles away in the town of Everett at around 11.30am – some seven hours since the saga began.
The suspect’s name has not yet been released but authorities say the Square One Mall is expected to reopen soon.
Dick’s Sporting Goods will remain shut today for a police investigation.