Assumption deputies arrest teen carrying handgun

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested two 16-year-old boys Wednesday afternoon after one was seen carrying a handgun while walking down a street, the Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.

The teens were seen on Brule Road at about 3:45 p.m. and deputies caught up with the boys near a home at Willow and Pine streets, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.

When confronted, one of the teens was seen throwing something under a nearby mobile home as the duo tried to run away, Waguespack said.

One was caught quickly and the second teen was found later in the woods a few blocks away, deputies said.

After the teens were in custody, deputies received permission from the owner of the mobile home to look under it.

There, they found a .380-caliber, Hi-Point semi-automatic pistol, Waguespack said.

The teen alleged to have been carrying the gun was arrested and booked into Assumption Parish Detention Center in Napoleonville on counts of possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and resisting an officer.

He remained in custody late Thursday morning pending a hearing.

The other teen was booked into jail on counts of underage possession of tobacco and resisting an officer. He was released to his mother, deputies said.