Gregory Gill, 23, is scheduled for arraignment on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in East Boston Municipal Court today after he allegedly pointed "a realistic-looking replica AK47 at passersby" during preparations for the Winthrop July Fourth parade on Saturday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
A charge of assault with a dangerous weapon is based not on whether something is an actual weapon, but whether the victims in the case thought it was at the time.
According to the DA's office, shortly before the parade kicked off around 10 a.m.:
Gill sat atop a military vehicle in a Revere Street parking lot, pointing a replica assault weapon at passing vehicles. One vehicle was occupied by two victims. As they passed Gill, he pointed the firearm and stated loud enough for them to hear, “Head shot, boom.”
Immediately after the encounter, the victims flagged down a Winthrop Police officer to report the terrifying incident. The weapon was located inside the military vehicle and Gill was taken into custody.
The DA's office reports Judge Steven Key set bail at $500, ordered Gill to home confinement while the case is pending and to wear a GPS device.