ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A Clay County Sheriff's Office deputy working off-duty at the AMC-24 movie theater Christmas Day arrested a 17-year-old, who was allegedly carrying a handgun tucked into his waistband.
Mary Justino, public affairs coordinator for the Clay County Sheriff's Office, said while Deputy Chris Ruby was working off-duty he saw Cahari Anderson enter the movie theater through the exit.
Deputy Ruby stopped Anderson and asked him for his ticket stub, according to an arrest report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
The report said Anderson handed the deputy a receipt but failed to produce a ticket stub. The deputy then began walking Anderson to the box office so he could purchase a ticket. Justino said the teen refused to comply with Deputy Ruby.
When he did not leave to purchase a ticket, Anderson was told he had to leave and would not be allowed back that night. Deputy Ruby warned Anderson he would be arrested for trespassing if he did come back.
Anderson then allegedly told police he would be coming back. The arrest report said Anderson allegedly stood at the theater exit refusing to leave or allow the door to close behind him.
Deputy Ruby tried to take Anderson into custody for refusing to leave the theater but when he reached for him, Anderson allegedly pulled away. The arrest report said police took Anderson to the ground and then handcuffed him.
While on the ground, the report says Anderson told police he had a gun on him. When deputies searched the teen, they found a 9mm handgun in the waistband of his shorts. The report said the handgun recovered was a 9mm. Deputies found four rounds of .380 ammunition in the handgun's magazine. Police checked to see if the gun had been reported stolen, but there were no reports it had been.
Justino said Anderson at no time threatened anyone with the gun. He also did not say why he was armed, Justino said.
Deputies placed Anderson in the backseat of a patrol car where he began complaining of shoulder pain, the arrest report said. He was taken to Orange Park Medical Center where medical personnel cleared him for arrest.
When Anderson was fingerprinted, deputies found he had been reported missing and had three active warrants in Duval County.
Anderson's outstanding warrants were for trespassing in a structure or conveyance, petit theft and possession of less than 20 grams marijuana.
In Clay County, Anderson is charged with carrying a concealed firearm, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence and trespassing.
Justino said he is incarcerated at the Duval Detention Center awaiting future court appearances.
Off-duty deputies work at various public places in Clay County such as theaters or banks. Justino said Deputy Ruby is to be commended for his attention to his surroundings. Justino said while the teen's intentions are not known at this time, at the very least a potentially dangerous situation was avoided.
Justino said normally juvenile misdemeanor arrest information is not public record, but since Anderson is arrested for a felony (carrying a concealed firearm), all his charges are public record.
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