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Five teenagers were taken into custody after an attempted retail theft at La Cantera led to an hourslong police search for the suspects. 

The four boys and one girl face charges including organized retail theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and evading arrest, according to the San Antonio Police Department. 

One boy is facing an additional charge of aggravated assault against a peace officer after police say he threatened to shoot and pointed a gun at an off-duty officer. 

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Authorities did not release the names of the suspects because they are underage. Because the final police report isn’t completed, law enforcement officials also declined to release the suspects’ ages. 

The incident began about noon, shortly before the University of Texas at San Antonio sent an alert to students and faculty, urging them to avoid the area as police conducted a search for a suspect who was “possibly armed” near the area of La Cantera Woodline, which is north of campus. A follow-up alert sent at 1:34 p.m. said two suspects were apprehended and there was no threat to campus. 

Police initially were dispatched to 15900 La Cantera Parkway, responding to a reported disturbance. 

“During the disturbance, one juvenile male made a threat to shoot – and subsequently displayed a weapon – at an off-duty law enforcement officer who was working security at the location,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Saucedo Rodriguez said. 

The suspects then fled the area on foot and were apprehended. The five teens were taken to the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center. 

During the search, people near the outdoor mall and Fiesta Texas described seeing a police helicopter and a large police presence in the area, according to social media posts 

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