An elderly Edgewood man was charged with assault Wednesday after police said he threatened two teenagers with a handgun, resulting in Harford County Sheriff’s Office tactical units responding to the scene.
Samuel Chenworth, 80, is charged with two counts each of first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the incident, which began at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.
According to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell, a boy and girl, both 14, were sitting on an electrical transformer box located near Chenworth’s home on the 3400 block of Seabrook Court in the Harford Landing development when Chenworth told them to leave or he would get his gun.
The pair did not move, and Chenworth returned to his home before coming back outside and, according to the teenagers, pointing a handgun at the teenagers. The youths fled and alerted their parents, who called police. Because Chenworth had displayed a gun and returned inside his home with the weapon, Worrell said tactical operations units were among those called to the scene.
However, the situation did not develop into a standoff as Chenworth answered his door when first contacted and cooperated with sheriff’s deputies. According to the Sheriff’s Office report, Chenworth said he retrieved the gun and brought it outside, scaring the two teens away, but did not specifically say he pointed the weapon at them.
(UPDATE 7/21) Chenworth told police that he had experienced problems with youth in the neighborhood in the past. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the agency had not received any calls for service from Chenworth’s residence in the last five years. However, Worrell said the department did respond to one call for service on Seabrook Court in 2007 for a report of juveniles gathering near another residence on that street. It was not clear whether other incidents at Chenworth’s home or elsewhere in the area had occurred but gone unreported to authorities.
Chenworth was arrested and released on $50,000 bond the same day.
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