Man holds teens at gunpoint

Police: Franklin resident found 4 vandalizing his property

When a rural Franklin man found teens driving on his property, he ordered them out of the car at gunpoint.

He told the four teens to lie down on the ground and then he called police, a sheriff’s office report said.

This was the second time the man had damage to his property off County Road 200W, west of Franklin, and one of the teens told police he had been involved in the previous vandalism as well, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

Now, the teens who range in age from 13 to 16 could face juvenile charges of trespassing. And one 16-year-old, who was driving, could also face charges of criminal mischief and driving without a license, the report said.

That teen’s mother could also face a traffic violation after allowing the teen to drive the vehicle without a license, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The property owner told police a neighbor had called him at 2 p.m. Saturday and told him a group of teens was driving on his property, causing damage. He had previously put up a no trespassing sign at the end of the driveway after the property had been damaged about a week earlier, the report said.

This time, he came outside and confronted the teens and held them at gunpoint until police arrived, according to police reports.

The property owner had a right to protect his property. But police would prefer residents call for help and allow police to handle the incident when they arrive, Cox said.

The teen who was driving told police he had been the one who damaged the property about a week earlier, but wouldn’t say why, the report said.

Police called the teens’ parents, who came to pick them up. The prosecutor’s office will now determine what, if any, charges should be filed.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.