Boy arrested on ferry after gun scare

"Two Mukilteo police officers physically took down a 17-year-old boy on the deck of the ferry Cathlamet Sunday night, Aug. 19, after the boy displayed a cigarette lighter that looked like a .22 caliber pistol.The officers made the takedown and the arrest after a number of ferry passengers witnessed the boy brandishing the fake gun among a group of his friends. Mukilteo Police Chief Mike Murphy said Monday that his officers thought the lighter was a real gun up to the moment they disarmed the boy and took possession of the fake weapon. After confiscating the lighter, the officers searched the boy and found a small packet of marijuana on his person. The officers arrested and handcuffed the boy, then transported him to Everett's Denny Juvenile Detention Center after charging him for possession of a controlled substance.Chief Murphy said his officers responded to the incident after someone aboard the Cathlamet called the Washington State Patrol. Mukilteo officers were closest to the scene, so they handled the call. Murphy said the boy probably boarded the Cathlamet in Clinton.Susan Harris, a public information officer with Washington State Ferries, said arrest delayed the Cathlamet's 6 p.m. sailing by about 20 minutes. "

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