Wednesday, October 3, 2018

False Alarm!

The Clinton Police Department issued the following statement. 



(October 3, 2018) On October 1, 2018 at around 5:30 P.M., Clinton Police dispatch received calls reporting that a child was pointing a fake gun at people in the Clinton Wal-Mart.  Officers arrived on scene and the child was quickly detained after attempting to flee from officers. 


This 12 year old child is known to both the Clinton Police Department and Wal-Mart management for his frequent and repeated mischievous misbehavior.  The obviously fake gun was later recovered in the store and at no time was the child in possession of a real weapon. 



A careful examination of the video footage shows that the child entered the store by himself.  While the child was attempting to evade capture, he shed the hoodie he was reported wearing. Upon questioning, the juvenile attempted to blame his actions on a fictitious 14 year old that he stated was with him.  After viewing the high-definition surveillance cameras at Walmart it has been determined by Clinton Police Detectives that 12 year-old was alone at all times and did not have an accomplice. 



At no point was any person at risk of physical harm.  Had any immediate danger existed to the public, it is the policy of the Clinton Police Department to issue an immediate warning to local media and the Department’s social media accounts. For updates directly from the Clinton Police Department, please visit us at www.facebook.com/cpdmississippi or www.twitter.com/city_of_clinton.



The Clinton Police Department would like to highlight the cooperation received from the Asset Protection Personnel at the Clinton Walmart.



Clinton Police and Walmart Asset Protection are working together to ensure that customers and associate safety is a top priority. Clinton Police believe that new tools being deployed by Walmart will promote a safe shopping experience.



Walmart has installed Lot Cop live view high definition cameras with night vision at multiple points on the exterior of the building and parking lot of the Clinton store. Additionally, new High Definition cameras have been installed on the interior of the Clinton Walmart. The new cameras, mounted throughout the store, are capable of reading a UPC code sitting on the shelf.



The 12 year old suspect was charged with misdemeanor Simple Assault by Physical Menace and transported to the Hinds County Youth Detention Center. Walmart has banned the 12 year old child from their stores.



Clinton Police urge shoppers to always be aware of your surroundings — and look up from that cellphone while inside and outside the store. 

Kingfish note: The press release was issued in response to this Facebook post:

PSA: I just want to warn everyone to be aware of your surroundings. I was just at the Clinton Walmart this afternoon, looking at candy on the Halloween isle, when a someone approached me from behind, stuck a gun in my back, and said “don’t move or I’ll shoot you”. I screamed and turned around and he took off towards the back of the store. I grabbed the first employee I saw, bless his heart, who in turn tried to find the guy while radioing for help, in which he got no response! The guy ditched the black hoodie he was wearing in the back of the store and the REAL gun. After bouncing around the store to flee, he was apprehended at the front of the store by CPD, with the help of some amazing Good Samaritans. Come to find out, this is a 12 YEAR OLD BOY, who already has a rap sheet. According to him, his 14 year old friend, that was with him, got away. No security arrived, ever, but thankfully CPD did.

I want every one to please pay attention to the people around you! If someone approaches you like that, act a fool!! I can obviously say this tactic works, because it’s the 2nd time this has happened to me, at the same Walmart 17 years ago, and I managed to walk away unharmed. If there is an intention to harm you, take you, or rob you, it freaks them out and scares them off. I’d rather handle a gunshot wound than be taken against my will. I’m still shaking but I’m fine. I’m mostly so disappointed and disgusted that I really can’t even run in Walmart without having to be scared to do so. I’d love to get some time alone with these kids parents!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

False alarm my white ass.....

Anonymous said...

If he had poked that fake pistol into my back and I had grabbed a can of green beans and beat him to death with it, would I go to prison. I ask this because I do not carry a gun but I could forever more beat a criminal to death with a green bean can.

The thing I hate about these kinds of things is that they make me think about shooting or beating to death a 12 year old criminal POS, rather than have him kill me.

Anonymous said...

At least give a description of this juvenile delinquent !

If he had blonde hair & blue eyes we’d probably get his pic !

Anonymous said...

If that "obviously fake" gun (Clinton PD released a picture) had been pointed at a cop, the kid would be dead.

Anonymous said...

>>>Clinton Police urge shoppers to always be aware of your surroundings — and look up from that cellphone while inside and outside the store.<<<


What 'zactly you 'sposed to be looking for?

Kids?

Kids behind you?

Kids behind you engaging in frequent and repeated mischievous misbehavior?

Fake guns?

Fake guns carried by mischevious kids behind you?


Anonymous said...

Does the Police report state whether or not it was a real "Code Brown" for that shopper? Whether or not the gun was fake and the kid was just funnin'?

Anonymous said...

With all the superlatives and useless info it’s obvious this press release was written by a Fox News enthusiast. Good to know she’s so impressed by the camera technology available theses days.

If those darn kids would just get off their phones...

The dichotomy between this release and a Jackson release is comical.

Anonymous said...

Already doing things like this at 12? Sadly, I doubt this will be the last we hear of this kid. A few weeks ago, there was an armed robbery outside this Walmart during daylight.

Anonymous said...

The woman who posted the original facebook account is a damned idiot and drama queen extraordinaire.

Anonymous said...

Amen @7:58 am. I am so tired of Facebook and people over-dramatizing things to get attention. I don't think we need to hear your story to know that we should be aware of our surroundings. Most of us learned that in the 3rd grade.

Anonymous said...

There are mental issues here. This kid's idea of "mischief" can be dangerous for himself and others. I hope he gets a complete psych evaluation rather than just criminal processing. At 12 years old a possible reversal of mental attitude could save him and society a lot of expense and headache. It's cheaper than Parchman.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the next person he does this to will have a CCW and blow some of the little vermin's vital organs out his back.

Anonymous said...

In 2018 it is not uncommon for very real firearms to be brightlight colored with a ceramic product called "Cerakote" and then layered with designs. The uninformed could be easily fooled into thinking they were being treated with a toy until the final moment they witness the muzzle flash.

For an example you can Google image search for 'Glock NES Zapper" to see an example of a real Glock pistol made to look like the NES Zapper light gun from the 1980's

Anonymous said...

What to look for? A yute wearing a hoodie when it's warmer than 70*.

Anonymous said...

I never could understand why anyone would let a person come up to them wearing a hoodie when it is 80 degrees outside. Some are stupid enough to let such a person in their house. They should know by now that a hoodies is the uniform of thugs.

Anonymous said...

Today a fake gun. Tomorrow the real thing.

$JustSaying said...

This could have been a tragic situation on many levels and is disturbing to read some of the posts.I agree the CPD statement did not stress the real serious nature of the crime, the statement of help from Wal-Mart loss prevention is talking of providing video, the store did nothing to assist the victim as they have been instructed to not confront any situations that may involve litigation, we all need to remember when seconds count the police are minutes away. Hoodies or any type of dress that covers most of the head and face should not be allowed in stores.Just kidding or playing has gotten many people injured or killed.

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