BENICIA -- A 17-year-old Benicia boy has been arrested for threatening to shoot his older brother over a missing iPad, police said Wednesday.

His girlfriend was also arrested for allegedly helping him try to escape, Lt. Frank Hartig said.

The incident began about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when police were dispatched to the 200 block of Essex Way for a report of a 17-year-old male who had just brandished a firearm at a family member.

Upon arrival, officers learned the suspect was no longer home, and was possibly at his 14-year-old girlfriend's house in the 600 block of Military East, Hartig said.

Police were told the boy had been in an argument with his older brother, 25, over a missing tablet computer. At one point, the younger brother allegedly pointed a loaded .38 caliber revolver at his older brother's head, Hartig said.

When the situation calmed down, the boy's mother gave him a ride to his girlfriend's house. Police responded there a short time later and arrested the boy after he tried to flee on foot from the back of the residence.

During a search of the girlfriend's house, officers found a loaded Smith and Wesson on a shelf in the girlfriend's closet. The boy's mother identified the weapon as her own.

It was unclear how the boy came into possession of the gun, which had been concealed in his mother's bedroom, police said. Neither he nor his girlfriend provided a statement.

Both were booked into Solano County Juvenile Hall.

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