Teen arrested after gun scare at South Bay mall

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Authorities arrested a teenager and called off a search for one other person Sunday night after Otay Ranch Town Center mall security reported seeing them holding guns inside a Jack in the Box, police said.

Police went to the restaurant on Birch Road just before 8 p.m. They confronted the teenagers, who ran across Birch Road before crossing into an apartment complex currently under construction, Chula Vista Police Department sergeant Fred Rowbotham said.

A short time later, an unidentified 15-year-old man surrendered to authorities, before leading them to a black pellet gun hidden on the construction site, Rowbotham said.

Officers, assisted by police dogs and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s helicopter, were not able to find the other teenager, and called off the search around 9 p.m.

The arrested teenager faces charges, including displaying an imitation firearm in a public place.

No injuries were reported.

[This story has been updated. It originally stated four teenagers were involved.]

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