A Queens teen was cuffed by cops when he was caught walking around his neighborhood with a fake rifle that appeared so realistic that frightened residents called 911, police say.
The 17-year-old was seen walking around the front of his home in South Richmond Hill with an imitation AR-15 rifle on Wednesday, just days after he was caught with an actual firearm, the NYPD says.
When officers responded to calls from alarmed neighbors in Wednesday's incident, the teen told them he was "just trying to scare them," according to police, although it's unclear who he was talking about.
He was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.
Days earlier, on April 1, police arrested the boy and three of his friends, ages 13, 14 and 18, when they were seen using marijuana in public, according to the NYPD. In the course of the arrests, cops also found a real Mak 90 machine gun.
All four teens were charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a machine gun, stolen property and possession of marijuana.
It's not clear if the teen has an attorney.