Philadelphia police arrested a 12-year-old boy after spotting him with an AR-15 rifle in hand on Saturday evening.
Officer Krzysztof Wrzesinski arrested the teen and his 19-year-old brother in Northeast Philadelphia. The 19-year-old was in possession of a handgun, police said.
Police said the brothers were on a public sidewalk at the time of the arrest. Someone placed a call from near the 2200 block of Kennedy Street, alerting officers to the 12-year-old, police said. Multiple weapons were recovered by police.
The Philadelphia Police Department on Monday posted a photo on Twitter of Wrzesinski holding the confiscated rifle with the caption, “Parents: make sure your weapons are secured!”
Saturday night, 15th District Officer Wrzesinski arrested two individuals for walking our streets with two loaded weapons. The AR-15 was being held by a 12 (yes, TWELVE) year old, and the Glock was in the hands of an 18-year-old. Parents: make sure your weapons are secured! pic.twitter.com/feEjc6jRg3— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) April 9, 2018
The department told ABC News it had no further comment regarding the arrests and an investigation was ongoing.
Charges brought against the 12-year-old include assault, unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor and recklessly endangering another person.
His older brother was charged with terroristic threats, criminal conspiracy, corruption of a minor and reckless endangerment of another person, and related offenses.