Police arrest Sykesville man, juvenile after 'very realistic' toy gun is pointed at motorist
Jan 11, 2012 | 11:54 PM
Maryland State Police arrested a Sykesville man and a juvenile for pointing what they described as "a very realistic, but toy gun" at a motorist while driving on Route 97 in Westminster on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Shortly after 2 p.m., a driver contacted state police at the Westminster Barrack to report that she was behind an older model blue Buick on Route 97 near Westminster High School when a passenger in the vehicle rolled the window down, leaned out of the vehicle and pointed what she thought was a large rifle in her direction.
The caller told State Police dispatchers that she backed away from the Buick and noticed the passenger again hang from the same window while the car was moving and point the "rifle" at her vehicle again.
State troopers stopped the vehicle and arrested the two occupants. During a subsequent search of the suspect vehicle, troopers found an Airsoft gun that resembled an assault rifle.
Police said most toy firearms are painted orange near the end of the gun barrel to indicate they are toys. The orange band on this gun had been painted black, police said.
Troopers charged Todd Gori, 23, of the 400 block of Ross Drive, Sykesville with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Gori was driving the suspect vehicle during the assault. He was released to the Carroll County Central Booking Unit and is awaiting an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner.
The 17-year-old is being charged as a juvenile with the same offenses. He was released to the Department of Juvenile Services for placement. The juvenile is believed to be the person holding the weapon and pointing it at the motorist, police said.
Anyone who may have witnessed a similar incident, or who witnessed this incident, is asked to contact Trooper Mark Lyons of the Westminster Barrack at 410-386-3000.