Franklin teens face felonies after flashing fake gun

Monday, March 8, 2010 at 9:05pm
Staff reports

Franklin police charged three teenage girls after one of them allegedly flashed what looked like a pistol at another motorist early Monday morning.

When officers pulled the suspect vehicle over on State Route 840 west, police said they discovered the suspects were all minors and the gun was actually an Airsoft pistol — a recreational but highly detailed pellet gun.

The 17-year-old driver was charged with felony aggravated assault, and a 16-year-old passenger was charged with violating curfew as well as tampering with evidence, also a felony, after she hid the gun in her backpack. Both girls, along with a third 14-year-old passenger, were charged with violation of curfew.

Just after midnight Monday, an 18-year-old female, traveling on Carothers Parkway between Liberty Pike and Murfreesboro Road, called police and reported another driver had flashed a gun at her. The victim remained on the phone with police and provided information on the suspect car until police could make the traffic stop.


6 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 3/9/10 at 4:08

Good thing they are underage. Something foolish could ruin the rest of their lives.

I do hope the state don't get carried away with this case and try to try them as adults.

By: bfra on 3/9/10 at 6:06

When teens put themselves in adult situations, treat them as such!

By: idgaf on 3/9/10 at 10:07

Oh get off of it. This is/was stupid by nothing to limit the rest of their life over.

If it was a real gun you might have a point and I would have said nothing.

I am guessing there is more to the story too. You have to admit its unusual for a "victim" to follow a car that just pulled a gun on her. I also suspect that the picture is not the actual evidence.

By: bfra on 3/9/10 at 11:20

id - Bet during the entire incident they where giggling and thinking "How cute we are". A little slap on the wrist and in a few years, it could be a real gun and they are still giggling and thinking "How cute we are".

By: localboy on 3/9/10 at 12:50

So, if tried as adults, what is the potential sentence for first-time offenders - probation?

By: matahari on 3/9/10 at 12:54

I know that if someone flashed a gun at me, I would possibly panic and drive off the road to keep from getting shot. These little girls are playing at a very serious game. They probably think it's cool to act like thugs, but have no idea what can actually happen. What if the girl they flashed had a real gun and shot at them? While I don't think their lives should be ruined because of their stupidity (chances are that will happen without any help from law enforcement), they should definitely be punished and their parents held responsible for their daughters being out past curfew.
bfra, I agree with you. If they aren't made to see the seriousness of their actions, and that there are always consequences should they decide to do something this stupid again, they'll think it's fun and escalate until they are using a real gun.