Cambridge police arrested a 19-year-old man Saturday for allegedly pointing a gun a few days earlier at a store clerk who confronted him for stealing a lighter.
Kyree Johnson of Cambridge allegedly took a BIC lighter from a convenience store in Technology Square early in the morning on July 2. He left the store without paying for the lighter, which cost $2.33, according to the police report, and walked across the street.
The store clerk watched as Johnson lit a cigarette with the lighter and asked him to return the lighter when he was finished, police said. Johnson reacted to the clerk’s mild request by drawing a silver .22-caliber handgun from his waistband and saying, “Come get it, [expletive].”
The clerk returned to the store and called police. Several Cambridge police units searched the area that morning, but to no avail, the report said.
Police returned to the store July 6 to present the clerk with a photo array, and he identified Johnson as the suspect with what he called “2,000%” certainty, the report said.
Johnson was arrested on a warrant from Cambridge District Court for armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon, police said. His bail on another charge was revoked at his arraignment Monday.
“It was certainly a concern for us,” Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick said. “Great work by [the detectives] for quickly making that arrest.”Andres Picon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.