WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - A neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, called West Memphis Police last week when she saw a 12-year-old and his 14-year-old friend in a park playing with what turned out to be a BB gun.
"It was as though they have a real pistol over here," said the woman.
A 15-year-old was arrested one day earlier along Wilson Road after police said he robbed a boy of his bicycle using another realistic weapon.
Assistant Police Chief Mike Allen said it too was a BB gun that you can hardly distinguish from his service pistol.
"Daytime, nighttime, whatever," said Allen, "they look like real guns."
The City of West Memphis requires that "replica" or non-lethal weapons have an orange tip. However, ones that do not have the feature continue to cause problems for police and parents.
"They need to get rid of all of them," said grandparent Lovie Hudson.
Hudson has nine grandchildren and is a friend of DeAunta Farrow's mother. Farrow lost her son in 2007 when state investigators said a West Memphis officer mistook his toy gun for a real weapon.
"The parents need to stop buying them," said Hudson.
Chief Allen said he fears the day when another child's non-lethal weapon is waved or pointed at an officer.
"When you make an aggressive move like that towards an officer in that situation, an officer has a split second to react," said Allen.
The boys arrested last week were turned over to juvenile authorities