July 1, 2016

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Mother: Boy pointed finger like gun at my family

MEDINA — Charges are pending against a 13-year-old boy accused of miming shooting a gun at a Medina woman’s family, according to police.

The 44-year-old woman said she was visiting the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St., about 3:15 p.m. Sunday with her family.

“I was out with my father, who was up from Florida,” she said. “It was nice to have a beautiful Sunday afternoon to show off how great Medina is.

“And then this happened.”

She said the boy was standing outside the library with three of his friends. They were wearing hoodies and smoking cigarettes.

She said she has taught her 6-year-old son that cigarettes are bad, so she thought he may have been staring at the group.

That’s when she said the 13-year-old pointed his finger in her family’s direction, mimed shooting a gun and said, “Pow-pow-pow.”

“I said, ‘Really?’ ” and he replied with expletives, she said.

She said she called police and said the boy was causing a public panic.

“This is not Medina,” she said, “and I’m not going to let Medina become this.”

According to a police report, the boy said he was talking to his friends, not her.

Police said the case has been forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor’s office for review.

Juvenile Prosecutor Mike McGinty was not available for comment Friday.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.