A 17-year-old boy who allegedly pointed a handgun at his older brother on Tuesday was arrested Wednesday at a waterfall in Mill Creek. The handgun was reportedly found in a backpack the boy was carrying, according to Moab Police Chief Bret Edge.
Edge said the incident began just before 3:15 p.m. Tuesday when a woman called police to report the teenager had ransacked his older brother’s bedroom, stole camping gear and marijuana and left the home. The older brother, said Edge in an email, found the boy in an abandoned van. The younger brother reportedly pointed the gun at his brother.
Moab Police and Grand County Sheriff’s deputies searched for the teen but were unable to locate him.
The next day, 15 minutes after noon, the teen’s grandmother called law enforcement after she spotted him riding a bike in the area of Mill Creek and Powerhouse Lane. Officers located the boy’s bike at the Mill Creek/Left Hand Falls trailhead and immediately restricted access to the canyon from multiple access points.
Hikers, said Edge, told officers that a hiker fitting the boy’s description was headed toward the waterfall.
Edge said a plan was made to send to deputies wearing plain clothes into the canyon. They found the boy talking to several people at the waterfall and took him into custody without incident.
What charges were filed was not indicated in Edge’s email, but pointing a firearm at someone is a felony aggravated assault and that is the crime Edge described as taking place in his email.
Edge credited the sheriff’s office for playing an instrumental role in the investigation and arrest. “Their significant assistance in the apprehension of this subject is sincerely appreciated and demonstrates continued dedication to providing public safety for residents and visitors of Moab City and Grand County.”