A Northeast District officer arrested a 12-year-old boy at gunpoint today inside School 71 after a chase through the building's crowded halls, authorities said.
Officer Jonathan Clemons spotted the youngster, who was armed with a loaded BB pistol, entering the Newburgh Street school after he and his partner, Officer Antonio Roman, responded to a robbery of an elderly woman in a parking lot at Genesee Street and Floss Avenue, according to Lt. Larry J. Baehre.
"The youth ran into school, and Officer Clemons pursued him," Baehre said. "At one point while inside the school, the youth pulled up his shirt and motioned as if he was going to pull out the pistol.
"The officer had his gun drawn and started ordering him to drop the weapon and get on the ground. The suspect went around the corner in a corridor and into an office where he discarded the weapon," Baehre said.
"He was then apprehended, and the weapon was recovered," Baehre said.
While the boy was being transported to Buffalo Police Headquarters, a call of an attempted robbery was investigated by Broadway Station officers at a NOCO gasoline station on Genesee Street, not far from where the elderly woman was accosted.
"Police determined that it was the same suspect, the 12-year-old, who had attempted to rob the gas station," Baehre said.
"We obtained a videotape of the NOCO robbery."
The boy was expected to be charged in both incidents.
His identity was withheld because he is a juvenile.