Teen threatened others with ax at Trumbull mall, police say

A 15-year-old Bridgeport boy threatened other juveniles with a hatchet at a local mall Monday evening, according to Trumbull police.

A 15-year-old Bridgeport boy threatened other juveniles with a hatchet at a local mall Monday evening, according to Trumbull police.

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TRUMBULL — Local police say a teenage boy threatened other minors with a hatchet at a local mall Monday night.

The boy, 15, of Bridgeport, was charged with breach of peace and possession of a dangerous weapon, according to Lt. Brian Weir, public information officer for the Trumbull Police Department. No injuries were reported, Weir said. 

While working at the Trumbull mall around 7 p.m. Monday, officers were approached by a customer, according to Weir. Pointing at a group of juveniles in the food court, the customer reported one of the juveniles was holding an ax and threatening the others, Weir said. 

Several juveniles then ran out of the mall into the parking lot adjacent to the food court, according to Weir. They indicated the suspect was in possession of an ax or machete, Weir said. 

When officers apprehended the suspect at a nearby bus stop, they found a hatchet with a yellow and black handle concealed in his waistband, according to Weir. He was taken into custody without incident, Weir said.

Weir said the boy was released into the custody of his mother on a promise to appear in Bridgeport Juvenile Court on Jan. 30.

The incident comes amid a series of recent disturbances at the mall.

Over the weekend, three girls were arrested after a large fight broke out. Police also encountered large crowds of minors who "were disorderly, loud, disruptive and interfering with the general public," Weir said earlier this week. Bridgeport police and state police troopers eventually helped quell the crowds, who circled back inside the mall after they were kicked out, according to police. 

In December, police responded to two separate incidents when teens were found with stolen cars at the mall. And in September, police said they arrested six men, all in their late-teens or early 20s, after they were involved in a brawl involving a gun at the mall. 

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