Two boys ages 11 and 14 were arrested after they pointed a rifle at other juveniles Monday in Elgin, officials said.
Elgin police made the arrest during a "walk and talk" event police held near Norman Nelson Court, after a resident approached one of the officers and reported seeing two juveniles point what appeared to be a rifle at several other juveniles, police said in a news release.
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Officers conducted an investigation and determined that both boys separately held and pointed a .22-caliber rifle at the others following a verbal altercation. The 11-year-old originally got the rifle from his home, police said.
Both boys were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and having no firearm owner identification card, both class A misdemeanors, police said. They were transported to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center, where they were due for a detention hearing. The .22-caliber rifle was recovered and placed into evidence.
The Elgin Police Department will conduct "walk and talk" events in the Highland Woods neighborhood starting at 7 p.m. July 25, in the Valley Creek neighborhood starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 13, and in the Country Trails neighborhood starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 20, said Elgin Police Cmdr. Ana Lalley.
About 10 to 15 officers are present during each "walk and talk," which gives police an opportunity to meet with residents in their neighborhoods and discuss any concerns, she said.