Police said they arrested an East Meadow teen who allegedly falsely reported the presence of an armed individual to them. The claim made by the 17-year-old was taken by police on April 6 at 7:41 p.m. Police were told that an individual carrying a rifle was walking along the trails in Massapequa's Brady Park. In response to the report of a gunman, the police ordered multiple units into action, including the Bureau of Special Operations, members of the Seventh Precinct and an air operations unit. After conducting a search for around 45 minutes, the police called it off.
Police identified the teen who lodged the report and arrested him at his house the following day. Officers found him in possession of a gravity knife, a type of blade that can be deployed by centrifugal force rather than application of pressure against a button. The teen is facing a third-degree charge of falsely reporting an incident and a fourth-degree charge of weapons possession.