Summit County police blotter: Teen armed with pepper spray |

Summit County police blotter: Teen armed with pepper spray

Editor’s note: The police blotter is written from incident reports provided by local police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. All individuals named are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Breckenridge Police Department

Pepper spray scare

A teen, who brought a pepper spray gun initially thought to be an actual firearm, ended up in a face off with officers July 9, when he reached for the weapon after he was confronted by authorities for having it on him.

The youth was reportedly at a local summer fun park when security officers noticed he had what appeared to be a gun concealed in his pants and contacted the police, according to a Breckenridge police report.

When officers arrived on scene they reportedly saw “what appeared to be the grip of a small semi-automatic handgun just visible in the back of his waistband,” the report states. Authorities asked the teen if he had a gun, to which he allegedly said “yes,” and then reached back, apparently to pull out the weapon. The Breckenridge police officer then reportedly drew his own gun and said, “Stop. Don’t do it.”

The juvenile immediately released the weapon, put his hands out in front of him and was handcuffed, according to the report.

Another officer arrived and removed the gun from the holster, discovering that it was a pepper spray gun, which the teen’s mother, who was on scene, said the family keeps at their house for bears, according to the report. The minor also allegedly had a knife on his person as well.

The report states the mother told authorities she was aware her son owned the knife, but didn’t know he had it or the gun with him at the park that day. She reportedly asked authorities to confiscate and destroy the weapons.

The teen was not charged.

Bar tab altercation

A man reported his wallet stolen from a Breckenridge bar after he reportedly got into an argument with the bartender over the amount of his tab July 8.

The man told authorities he was thrown out of the bar, but believed he left his wallet inside and suspected the bartender might have it, according to a Breckenridge police report. The man said he had called the bar several times about the wallet, which he claimed had only a few dollars in it, but was told they hadn’t seen it, the report states.

The bartender told the police the patron had been drinking at the establishment all night, buying drinks for other people and had racked up a large tab, which he closed and reopened three times. The final time, around 1 a.m., he owed more than $100, but disputed the charges, saying he wasn’t going to tip the bartender unless he was allowed to buy one more shot, according to the report.

The bartender refused to serve him. The patron then allegedly struck the bartender in the face, cutting him and breaking his glasses, according to another employee’s statement in the police report. The customer was then thrown out of the bar.

The bartender elected not to press charges.

Summit County Sheriff’s Office

Sex offender fails to register

A man who was recently convicted of sexual assault on a child in Summit County was arrested again July 10 for failing to register himself as a sex offender within the given time requirement.

The offender, who works at a local sandwich shop, allegedly agreed at his sentencing in April to register by no later than five business days after his birthday, which was in early July, but failed to do so by the deadline, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities contacted the man at his work. He allegedly told them he had forgotten to register. He was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender, a Class 6 felony, according to the report.

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