NEW INFO: Armed 12 Year Old Threat "Unfounded"

By: Carly Swain
By: Carly Swain

East Carolina University police said the threat of an armed 12 year old wandering near downtown Greenville has been deemed unfounded.

Around 2 Friday morning, an ECU Alert went out saying police were searching for a 12 year old armed with 2 handguns who was making his way from Davis and 4th Streets toward the downtown area.

Greenville police chief, Hassan Aden, told WITN the investigation started after a citizen called communications to report seeing an armed 12 year old.

Police said they saturated the area and had a canine unit on scene, but did not find anything.

At 3 a.m., Greenville Police were said they were investigating if the threat was credible.

By 4 a.m., ECU Police confirmed the threat was not credible.

Chief Aden also confirmed after investigation the threat was unsubstantiated.

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Police want people in downtown Greenville to be on alert for a 12 year old who is armed and in the area.

Around 2 a.m., an ECU Alert was sent out which said Greenville Police were searching for the boy.

The alert said he is a black male wearing a camouflage shirt and tan shirt.

Police believe he may be armed with two black handguns, but they do not know how significant of a threat he is at this point.

The boy was last seen near 4th and Davis Streets, heading toward the downtown area.

Police tell WITN a canine unit was also called to the area, but did not find a trail to follow.

If you see the boy, you are asked to call police at (252)-329-4315.

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