Three kids robbed in separate incidents

By Laura Geller - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police are reporting three robberies in less than 24 hours and the victims and suspects are all juveniles. 

The robberies happened all over the city. There was one on the Southside on Clarkson Road. The other two were on the Northside on Moss Side Avenue and Chamberlayne Avenue.

Eleven, twelve and thirteen are not the typical ages of robbery victims. The suspects police are looking for range in age from twelve to sixteen. News of the incidents has parents keeping a close watch on their kids.

Imagine your kid is walking his bicycle home from school and two other kids threaten to punch him in the face and then steal his bike. Police say that story played out with an 11-year old boy as he was walking on the 4300 block of Chamberlayne Avenue just after 4 o'clock Tuesday.   

Jessica Reid and her kid brother make a similar trip every day.

"Robbing a little boy? That's terrible! It's not right. It's not right for anyone to get robbed," said Reid.

Less than six hours earlier and about a mile away on Moss Side Avenue, a group of boys committed another robbery.

A 13-year old boy was just walking to school when police say three other boys around 15- or 16-years old approached him, punched him in the face and took what little money he had.

"People are not parenting like they should. They're not parenting. It's just frightening and you just wonder if your child is next," said Zanthia Mathis, who watches her niece and nephew play on that same street.

The night before, another boy was targeted in the Communities at Southwood. Richmond P.D. says a group of four robbers pistol whipped a 12-year old and forced him to take off his pants as they looked for money. When they found nothing, they ran off.

"That one time you turn your back, that's when things can happen," Mathis said.

Neither boy was seriously hurt. In Monday's incident, police chased after and arrested a 15-year old and 16-year old. Both are charged with robbery. Police are still investigating all three crimes. If you have any information call 780-1000.

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