Teenagers charged in BB gun attack, leashing child
MICHIGAN CITY – Two teenagers were arrested Tuesday after they allegedly shot a 10-year-old boy multiple times with a BB gun and used a dog collar and leash to prevent him from running away.
Mykel Derick Williams, 19, of Trail Creek, is charged with criminal confinement as a Level 5 felony for allegedly fastening the dog collar around the child’s neck and using the leash to make the boy sit through the attack.
The identity of the 16-year-old shooter has not been disclosed because he is a minor. However, he now faces charges of battery and criminal recklessness, both class B misdemeanors, in a juvenile court.
According to the police report taken shortly after the incident, the victim was playing with a neighborhood friend in a backyard in the 1600 block of West Eighth Street near Greeley Avenue when they encountered the two teenagers shortly before 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
The victim’s young friend reportedly had possession of the BB gun before the 16-year-old took it from him and turned it on the 10-year-old.
However, the shooter told police he had been at the scene playing basketball with other kids when the victim’s young friend began shooting the BB gun at “everyone.”
The 16-year-old admitted to gaining possession of the BB gun at some point but denied shooting it.
He also accused Williams of using a handheld butane torch lighter to scare the 10-year-old shooting victim.
Officers collected the lighter from Williams and tagged it as evidence. And when they returned to the scene of the shooting, they recovered the BB gun; plastic 6-millimeter BBs; and a cable attached to a picnic table leg, as it reportedly was the dog leash that had been attached to the victim’s shirt.
Police did not indicate how the boy was able to escape the teenagers, but his mother reports he came home sobbing with his shirt ripped, attached only at the collar.
Williams appeared for his initial hearing Thursday morning in La Porte Superior Court 1, where he was released from the La Porte County Jail on his own recognizance.
A no-contact order was issued to prohibit Williams from interacting with the victim; and he was placed on pretrial probation where he will be subjected to random drug screenings.
Williams is scheduled to appear for an omnibus hearing in La Porte Superior Court 1 on Sept. 20.