A report of a man in a pickup pointing an “Uzi style” gun at some children playing on Alpine Court in Oconee County led to the arrests of four teens on assault and drug charges Tuesday night.
An Oconee County deputy was dispatched shortly before 5 p.m. to the neighborhood off U.S. Highway 441 north of Watkinsville, where witnesses explained that some young men in a black truck had stopped and pointed a gun at them.
As the deputy questioned the group, a black truck approached and a child pointed at the truck and said, “That’s them,” according to the report.
The deputy pursued the truck and made a traffic stop at which point two passengers in the bed of the truck, jumped out and fled across the road, officers said.
The driver and his passenger were both arrested and the driver was found with two baggies of drugs, identified as Oxycodone, in his pocket, according to the report.
The deputy also seized a KWC air-soft pistol and a BB gun. It was one of these weapons that someone pointed at the children, according to authorities.
Eight other officers arrived on scene and the two juveniles who fled on foot were found and placed in custody.
Collin Ray York, 18, of Rankin Road in Watkinsville, was charged with aggravated assault and being a party to a crime. He remained in the county jail Wednesday morning with bond set at $15,000.
Names of the others arrested with York were not released by authorities as they all were minors.
The driver of the truck faces the same charges as York, plus possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a crime. Information on exact charges against two other juveniles, ages 15 and 14, was not immediately available.