BROOKLYN — The teen charged with using a blowgun to attack three people in Gravesend over the weekend blamed a buddy for the alleged spree, claiming he only handed the darts off to a friend who fired them, his lawyer said.
The 15-year-old suspect, whose name is being withheld by DNAinfo because he is a juvenile, told police that he climbed onto a roof Sunday with a friend prior but gave the 3.5- to 4-inch darts to an accomplice, according to a detective who testified at his family court hearing Wednesday. The teen also admitted to buying the the approximately 18-inch blowgun and 100 darts online.
The suspect, who appeared at the hearing after being arrested on assault charges, was found with 11 darts in his bedroom after admitting to cops he had been on the roof at Bay 32nd and 86th streets at the time of the incident, according to testimony.
The rapid-fire attacks left three men with darts lodged in their stomachs and legs about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, police said. Cops are currently looking for a second suspect, police sources said.
The teen, who appeared soft-spoken at the hearing wearing a red T-shirt, jeans and black sneakers, has no prior arrests but was suspended from school this year for bringing a knife to school and last year for fighting, according to the Department of Probation.
His lawyer Lauren Katzman requested that the teen be released because of his clean record and "his mother very much wants him home.”
However, Judge Emily Olshansky said the boy was a risk to re-offend due to the serious nature of the alleged attack and the fact that he had already been cited for carrying a weapon.
His tearful mother and girlfriend attended the hearing but declined to comment.
Another hearing is set for Thurs., May 23.