A 13-year-old gang member was arrested Tuesday night after he threatened another person with a gun, Merced police say.
The victim told police officers that a boy in the downtown area showed gang signs and lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun tucked into his waistband. The victim drove away to call police, and while on the phone, he ran into the boy again. This time, the boy pulled the gun from his pants and pointed it at the victim, police said.
The boy was found near West 16th Street and Canal Street by an officer walking foot patrol in the area. The officer also found a BB gun in the boy's possession. The boy, a documented gang member, was arrested on a charge of brandishing a replica firearm, and booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall.
Anyone with information on this incident may call the Merced Police Department at (209) 388-7740 or the department's anonymous (209) 385-4725.