6 foot plus, 20-year-old armed robbery suspect, Casey Joseph Robinson (left), was in plain sight when police decided to go for the 10-year-old boy on the right instead.
“They tried to shoot me…the cops” 10-year-old Legend Preston cried to his mom in a facebook video
Neighbors intervene as Newark police draw shotgun at innocent 10-year-old boy, Aug. 14
Fifth grader was standing outside his home when cops chasing suspected robber broke off their pursuit and instead chased him into an alley behind his house
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Neighbors and friends formed a human shield around Legend to protect him from the police, “This is a child!” they screamed.
“He matches the description,” the cops countered, guns drawn
Cops were chasing, 6 foot tall, long hair lock wearing Casey Joseph Robinson, a 20-year-old facing an armed robbery charge who was ultimately captured
10-year-old Preston Legend crying “They tried to shoot me”
“They tried to shoot me…the cops,” the child told his mom Patisha Preston in a heartbreaking video posted on her Facebook page.
The cops with guns drawn chased down a terrified 10-year-old boy they mistook for an armed robbery suspect in New Jersey, according to a report.
Legend Preston was left crying and shaking in fear after the Aug. 14 confrontation in Newark.
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His angry mother fumes in the video: “A 10-year-old child with guns drawn on him by the Newark police and the best they can tell me is go make a report if I have something to say about it,” the mother fumes in the video.
Legend, a fifth grader was standing outside his home when cops chasing an armed robbery suspect broke off their pursuit and instead chased him into an alley behind his house.
Police was chasing armed robbery suspect Casey Joseph Robinson, who was eventually captured.
Concerned neighbors and friends formed a human shield around Legend to protect him from the police, according to Preston.
“This is a child!” they screamed.
“He matches the description,” the cops countered.
Patisha Preston wrote on her Facebook page. “They chased down my 10-year-old son with loaded shotguns ready to shoot because they said he matched the description of the over 6 foot tall man, dark skin with long locs…which my son is none of,”
“They had pictures of the perp whom was in eye sight running down the next block!!! Yet they broke off from chasing the perp to chasing my child.”
Legend was rattled but not physically harmed.
A Newark Police Department spokesman told reporters that responding officers did have their guns drawn but said they never aimed the weapons at Legend.
The thief they were chasing, 20-year-old Casey Joseph Robinson, was ultimately captured and is facing an armed robbery charge, officials said.