Three teens charged with robbery police say they videotaped
Three Charles County teens were arrested and charged with a May 5 robbery and assault that the suspects recorded, the county sheriff's office said Friday.
The suspects, two 14-year-old males and a 13-year-old male, live in the same neighborhood as the victim, also 13, but did not know him, according to police. They approached the victim on a basketball court and tried to start an argument; when the victim tried to walk away, police said, one of the suspects hit him in the head.
One of the supects recorded the incident on a mobile device while the others stole the victim's backpack, police said. All three then fled on foot.
The victim called police, providing a description police used to catch one of the 14-year-olds and recover the mobile device with the video footage. The other two suspects were arrested the next day and charged with robbery, second-degree assault and theft.
"This case is troubling in that the suspects committed a crime of violence, assaulted someone and actually thought to record it," said Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey. "Law enforcement agencies across the country are seeing more and more of these crimes that, for whatever reason, kids are videotaping."
The suspects were charged as juveniles and could remain in jail until they turn 21, police said.
-- David P. Marino-Nachison
Washington Post Editors
May 14, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
Categories: Charles , Crime, Seen , Juvenile Justice
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