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Thursday, April 5, 2012

12-year old boys threatened by man with gun over a balloon

According to two 12-year old boys and their mother, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the boys found a balloon in the street.  That's when a homeowner, Caleb Barrieau, who was having an open house, allegedly accused the boys of stealing the balloon from his open house sign and threatened them with a 9mm handgun.

From the article and news video:
"And that brings tears to my eyes, he had a 9 mm pointed at my baby over a balloon," said Tonya Yates.
According to a police report, the incident happened Sunday afternoon, as Yates' son and a friend walked home.
"They were walking down the street when an adult came up and pointed a gun at them," said Gavin MacRoberts, with the Fayetteville Police Department. "There was some disagreement or confrontation over a balloon taken by the resident."
That resident, Caleb Barrieau, told police he confronted the boys over the balloon but did not point a gun at them.
Alan Rogers, the Yates family lawyer, called the incident outrageous.
"We see the incident in Florida with Trayvon Martin," said Rogers. "We see two kids, 12-years-old, being stalked by someone over balloons and pulled a weapon on them, scarred these kids for life."
Rogers said the boys found the balloons in the street. Police said Barrieau told them that the boys took the balloons from signs in front of his home.
A magistrate issued misdemeanor warrants for Barrieau on charges of communicating threats, assault by pointing a gun and simple assault.
Barrieau had no comment when ABC11 asked him to tell his side of the story.


  1. The 12-year old is my nephew and this has forever changed his life. Hours after the incident occurred he posted on his Facebook page that he thought it was the end. No child should ever feel that way as a result of the deliberate, malicious conduct of another, particularly an alleged adult.

    1. Thank you for commenting, Dr. TLC. We agree. We haven't followed up on this case. Was the man arrested and sentenced? If so, do you have a link we can post?

    2. Dr TLC, does Caleb Barrieau has a concealed handgun permit?


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