Man who pointed replica AR-15 at passersby in Worcester arrested
WORCESTER — A man who was strolling through Worcester pointing a realistic looking AR-15 replica air gun at passersby was arrested Thursday.
Javier Cuevas-Figueroa, 30, of Pitt St., was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (airsoft rifle) and possession of ammunition without an FID Card. (An FID Card is a gun license in Massachusetts that allows for the purchase and possession of non-large capacity rifles, shotguns and ammunition).
At 1:05 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call reporting a man walking in the area of Sherman Street pointing a rifle at people. Police searched the area and apprehended Cuevas-Figueroa on the corner of Pitt and Cambridge Street after an eye witness identified him as the individual who had been walking around the area pointing the gun at people and into the windows of residences.
According to the Worcester Police Department, during “a search incident to arrest” Cuevas-Figueroa, police found out his AR-15 was really an air gun. Cuevas-Figueroa also had shotgun shells on his possession that did not have a license to carry.
Cuevas-Figueroa will be arraigned at a later date, police said.