Reports of a teen with a gun Wednesday afternoon in Centennial Park in Paso Robles led to the arrest of a suspected gang member after he allegedly indicated he had a gun and robbed three other juveniles.
The teen was arrested without incident, but no gun was found, according to a Paso Robles news release.
At about 2:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at a walking path in the park.
Three minors told police that a Hispanic male approximately 16 to 18 years old had demanded money from them and made a gesture indicating that he had a gun in his waistband.
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Paso Robles police as well as California Highway Patrol and Cuesta College officers responded to the scene, where a CHP helicopter found the suspect on a walking path between Nickerson Drive and Mohawk Court.
Officers confronted the suspect, identified by Paso Robles police only as a juvenile Atascadero resident with known gang ties, who was arrested without incident.
No one was injured in the incident.
A gun was not found, and investigators suspect the teen lied to the alleged victims about having a weapon, according to the news release.
Paso Robles Police Chief Robert Burton said that school safety officers also responded to the scene to determine appropriate action.
As a precaution, Burton said Paso Robles High School, Daniel Lewis Middle School and Pifer Elementary were placed on “shelter-in-place,” in which students gather in rooms with few or no windows until a threat is cleared, but the schools are not sealed.
Burton did not have additional information about when the schools returned to normal. Paso Robles Joint Unified School District officials did not immediately return requests for information late Wednesday afternoon.