Crime

80-year-old Florida man threatens five kids with a gun, police say

John Moreland, 80, is charged with aggravated assault and is being held without bond.
John Moreland, 80, is charged with aggravated assault and is being held without bond.

An 80-year-old Florida man is charged with threatening five children with a gun after he discovered them trying to climb his fence to retrieve a ball, police say.

Bradenton police responded to the 1200 block of 27th Street East after parents called 911 around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. They told police that John Moreland pointed a handgun at the kids and told them to get off his fence.

Moreland reportedly told police that the weapon was a BB gun and that it was stashed underneath the seat in his vehicle.

The victim’s parents decided to press charges against Moreland because their children were “extremely frightened,” according to a police report.

Moreland is charged with aggravated assault and is being held without bond.

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