Tyler Ellsworth, 16, of Swanville is being sought by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, according to a media release issued Wednesday. A petition has been filed charging Ellsworth with terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, each of which is a Class C felony. If he is tried as an adult, each offense could be punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Ellsworth allegedly was the passenger in a vehicle that drove by a Swanville home Thursday, April 30. The 16-year-old was in his front yard and reportedly saw Ellsworth yell out the window at him, then display a handgun and fire multiple shots into a wooded area near him. The victim’s father called police afterward to report the incident.
“The male passenger was yelling threats to kill the complainant’s son as he fired the multiple shots,” Lt. Jason Trundy wrote in the news release.
Sheriff’s deputies have been trying to find Ellsworth to charge him but have not yet succeeded. Initially, police officials would not release the teen’s name since he is a juvenile but have since changed their position.
“We are releasing the name, description and photograph of Tyler Ellsworth in an attempt to elicit public assistance in locating him,” Trundy wrote. “It is also important to note that anyone who harbors, conceals or aids Mr. Ellsworth with the intention of assisting him from being apprehended can be charged with hindering apprehension, a Class D crime.”
A Class D crime is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Ellsworth is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds. Police said it is possible he is still in possession of the handgun. If anyone sees Ellsworth or has information about his location, they should call Detective Dale Brown of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office at 338-2040.