BRANFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Two teenage males were arrested after police said they were pointing toy guns at a department store in Branford on Tuesday night.
Officers were called to the Walmart, which is located at 120 Commercial Pkwy., just after 7 p.m. after customers were reportedly screaming “headshot” while pointing toy guns at children.
The two teens thought it was a joke but nobody was laughing, especially not police.
“Demonstrating a lot of disturbing behaviors, they were military crawling behind people, would smack on the floor and when the person would turn around, they would point up and say bang, bang,” said Branford Police Captain Geoffrey Morgan.
Upon arrival, police noticed 19-year-old Joseph O’Buck and a 17-year-old male “involved in numerous disturbing, threatening acts against customers.” Their behavior included the following:
“At one point they were crawling all over the racks yelling headshot, headshot. They were sneaking up behind small kids, alarmed a number of small children,” Morgan said.
Shoppers said the behavior was just uncalled for.
“Old enough, definitely old enough to know better,” said Karen Messina of Branford. “Its a little scary and you know who wants that when they’re putting their bags or groceries in their car.”
Police said the teens recorded what they were doing on a cell phone.
“There were over 31 videos of their behavior in there so that stuff will be turned over to the prosecutors,” Morgan said.
O’Buck, of Guilford, was charged with first-degree threatening, breach of peace, and risk of injury to a minor. He was released on a promise to appear in New Haven Superior Court on March 10.
The 17-year-old male, whose name was not released because of his age, was referred to Juvenile Court for first-degree threatening and breach of peace. Police said he was later released to his parents.
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