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Teen faces charges after confrontation with skateboarders

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Jihiem Leach

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — A teenager faces multiple charges after a confrontation with a group of skateboarders, according to the Salisbury Police Department.

Police say he pointed a gun to the heads of two people in the group.

Police charged Jihiem Leach, 17, with two counts of assault by pointing a gun, two counts of assault on a child under 12 and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all of which are misdemeanors.

Police said Leach and three other teens, one of them 15 and another 13 years old, were in the 200 block of South Clay Street just after 8 p.m. Thursday when they saw a group of kids on skateboards.

Leach and the three others began making fun of the skateboarders, and Leach took out the handgun, police said.

Leach and the others eventually left and went to McDonald’s on East Innes Street. Someone who saw the encounter told police the four boys were inside the restaurant.

Police took two of the suspects into custody; two others ran but were apprehended.

Officials said they did not find a gun.

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