WATERVILLE — A 17-year-old Waterville boy who allegedly wore a scary-looking mask and waved a BB gun in the air Friday, frightening the driver of a nearby car, is headed to juvenile court.

The boy, of 43 Kennedy Memorial Drive, was summoned and charged with threatening display of weapon, according to Waterville police Sgt. Alden Weigelt.

Weigelt said the boy was a passenger in a red sport utility vehicle being driven west by his mother on Kennedy Memorial Drive when the incident, reported at 1:06 p.m., allegedly occurred.

A driver stopped at a red light while leaving the Applebee’s parking lot and entering Kennedy Memorial Drive told police that as the red sport utility vehicle the teen was in slowed for turning traffic, the boy waved what looked like a gun around and pointed it at the ceiling of the car he was in.

The woman said the boy, who was in the front passenger seat, was wearing a knit mask with a skull face on it and the gun looked like a real handgun, Weigelt said.

“She never reported the gun was pointed at her, but he was waving it around and he was looking in her direction,” he said.

The woman did not get a license plate number of the sport utility vehicle, but she described characteristics of the vehicle that police recognized because they had been dealing with a youth connected to it, according to Weigelt.

The investigating officer, Daryl Gordon, assisted by Officer Steve Brame, went to the boy’s home at 43 Kennedy Memorial Drive and the boy admitted to the incident, according to Brame.

“The officers solved the issue very quickly based on the description of the vehicle,” Weigelt said.

He would not release the boy’s name because he is a juvenile, he said.

He said the boy was holding a BB gun that looked like a real handgun.

“A tragedy could have taken place had he displayed that, maybe in a different circumstance — in a slightly different situation,” Weigelt said. “That could have really turned into a tragedy.”

The boy is scheduled to appear May 10 in juvenile district court, he said.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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