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Dingdong ditch produces loaded firearm

Dingdong ditch produces loaded firearm

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NORTH OGDEN -- The family of a 12-year-old boy who was held at gunpoint for playing "dingdong ditch" says it's putting the episode behind it.

Evans Mleso of North Ogden says his son Damian and other boys were playing pranks on the night of Aug. 22, until their next-door neighbor and scoutmaster pulled a gun on the boys and detained them for police.

Mleso's wife went to talk to the neighbor to "see why it escalated to him pulling a gun on four boys. But, he wouldn't talk to her. At first, he said four boys were coming to him with flashlights, and then he changed his story to, it looked like four men," Mleso said.

Police explained to the neighbor that he could have faced criminal charges, while the boys could have been cited for trespassing.

No one was hurt and no charges were filed.

Mleso says his son won't "dingdong ditch" again. He says his son was more fearful of his parents' wrath than possibly losing his life.

"The next day, he was more scared that he got in trouble for doing that, versus a gun being pulled on him," Mleso said. "Eventually, he told us because he was kind of concerned."

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Peter Samore


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