Police: Teens with guns fail to stop at Macdonald Ave stop signs

Police: Teens with guns fail to stop at Macdonald Ave stop signs
Photos: Richmond Police Department

Four teens from ages 15 to 17 were arrested following a brief police pursuit in Richmond after which they were found in possession of two loaded pistols and a couple of gun magazines, police said.

A Richmond police officer was patrolling the Iron Triangle neighborhood about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 30 when he spotted a car running through a stop sign at West Macdonald Avenue and Curry Street at more than 30 miles per hour, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

The officer made a U-turn after the car, which continued to speed through several more intersections controlled by stop signs, Tan said. The driver of the suspect vehicle failed to stop after the officer turned on his lights to pull him over, and the officer said he saw occupants in the vehicle throw out gun magazines and at least one firearm.

The pursuit continued into the city’s Southern District, when the driver finally decided to stop. 

“Assisting officers searched the pursuit route and recovered a couple of magazines and two loaded pistols, one of which was reported stolen,” Tan said.

The suspects were later booked into juvenile hall.

“The department is relieved that these guns are no longer in the hands of juveniles,” Tan said.