Police officers chase 10-year-old boy with guns drawn after mistaking him for armed robbery suspectBy Mason White 6:18 PM August 24, 2016
|Legend Preston (left) Casey Joseph Robinson|
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A young boy was left traumatized after police in New Jersey, ran after him with their guns drawn.
10-year-old Legend Preston of Newark, said that while shooting hoops, his ball rolled onto the street.
Suddenly, he saw a few police officers running after him with their guns drawn.
The fifth grader, who is tall for his age, said that he thought that the officers were coming after him because he went on the road without looking if cars were coming.
The terrified boy ran into an alley and towards his home, and officers chased after him. The boy’s neighbors who witnessed the incident, quickly formed a human shield to protect the boy from officers.
When neighbors told police that the boy was just 10 years old, officers realized that they were after the wrong person.
Police said that the officers were looking for a robbery suspect when they spotted Preston, “who fit the description.”
Officers admitted to having their guns out, but they denied pointing them at the child.
Officers later arrested their wanted suspect, who was identified as 20-year-old Casey Joseph Robinson. He was charged with armed robbery.