A 17-year-old Sudbury man is facing charges after an altercation between a few people at the Rainbow Mall food court Monday afternoon led to false reports of a gun being drawn.
Businesses near the food court were locked down for an hour while Greater Sudbury Police investigated the report.
Police communications coordinator Kaitlyn Dunn said in an email police got the call around 1:30 p.m.
“The caller advised the communications centre that a young man was seen removing what was believed to be a firearm from his backpack and he proceeded to place the firearm in the waistband of his pants,” Dunn said in the email. “The individuals then went their separate ways.”
A description of the suspect led to a police search of the area and he was found at 2:40 walking on Elm Street.
“The young man was found to be in possession of a replica firearm that was located in his backpack,” Dunn said. “The 17-year old young man was arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon.”
The fake firearm was seized by police and will be destroyed.