A 17-year-old Westminster youth was charged with breaking and entering, assault and carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure Monday after he allegedly pointed a pellet pistol at another youth.
The youth, whose name was not released because of his age, was seen running on South Center Street at 4:39 p.m. Monday by a state trooper who ordered the youth to drop the weapon and apprehended him.
City police, who were called because the incident occurred within city limits, said the youth's mother had left a cigarette case containing cash at a home nearby. She returned to look for the cigarette case but was unable to find it and left again, police said.
Others found the case in a bathroom and gave it to a youth who lived there. He went looking for the owner, police said.
While the second youth, whom police did not identify, was out looking for the woman, the 17-year-old allegedly entered the house without permission and began his own search for the cigarette case.
The second youth returned home and was told that the woman's son had been there. He left again, found the woman and gave her the cigarette case. He also voiced his displeasure about her son entering and searching his house, police said.
The two youths met on the street a short time later, and an ensuing argument led to a fight, police said.
After the fight, the 17-year-old got a pellet pistol, pointed it at the second youth and chased him down the street, police said.
The trooper saw the youth and arrested him.
The boy was released into his mother's custody Monday.