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PALM SPRINGS POLICE: Teens Accused of Assaulting At Least Two at a Trump Rally Sunday, Detained; One Arrested

PALM SPRINGS POLICE: Teens Accused of Assaulting At Least Two at a Trump Rally Sunday, Detained; One Arrested

Police said they found a 30-round magazine for a Glock 9-millimeter pistol in the 15-year-old’s possession, but he did not have a gun.

He was released to his parents at the scene, but Hutchinson said law enforcement is seeking to charge him with possession of a high-capacity magazine.

The 13-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury and was booked into Juvenile Hall in Indio. It was not clear Wednesday whether he remained at the facility.

A car of young people confronted a small group of President Trump’s supporters who were advocating for the recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, and “an altercation ensued” with at least two of the youths, Palm Springs Police Lt. William Hutchinson said.

According to rally organizer Toni Ringlein, the people in the car yelled obscenities at the crowd.

Ringlein said that after parking the car near the protesters, the group “came running through the crowd” and started hitting people.

A man participating in the demonstration chased two boys — ages 15 and 13 — to a nearby Home Depot, where another scuffle broke out, police said in a statement.

“The witness who caught up to the juveniles told the juveniles the police were on their way, and at that point, one of the juveniles swung at the witness’s head to hit him,” police said.

The boy then pulled an airsoft pistol from his waistband and struck the man multiple times, according to police. The man managed to knock the pistol from the boy’s hands and hold him until police arrived and detained both juveniles.

A representative of the Riverside County district attorney’s office was not immediately available to comment on whether the boys, who were not identified because of their ages, would be charged.

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