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Teenager threatens older woman with knife in Turlock park
TPD crime scene

A 13-year-old Turlock boy was arrested Saturday after he threatened a senior citizen with a knife because the woman was eating lunch at a table in Columbia Park.

The name of the 13-year-old has not been released because he is a minor. He was booked into Stanislaus County’s Juvenile Hall on charges of brandishing a weapon, making criminal threats, and elder crimes, according to the Turlock Police Department.

The incident began around 2 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Park at 100 Columbia Street. The victim, a 67-year-old woman, was eating her lunch at a picnic table at the park when she was approached by three male juveniles, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

The 13-year-old pulled out a folded knife and pointed it at the woman, telling her, “leave or I’ll cut you. These are our tables,” according to the police report.

Fearing for her safety and believing the teenager meant her harm, the woman left the park, but after getting to safety she contacted the police department.

The woman was able to give a description of the three juveniles and their location. Officers responded to the park and found the three teens, Lewis said.

The 13-year-old was found in possession of a knife and was taken into custody. The other two juveniles were not charged with any crimes.