Police say a group of middle-aged teenagers appear to be behind a series of violent robberies in the Randolph area of Richmond.
Four people have been beaten and robbed in just a few weeks time, on Idlewood, South Allen, and Kemper. Police say the teens responsible probably live in the same area.
Now, police hope the public can help them arrest the teens believed to be behind the crimes. 18-year-old Jonte Frazier has been arrested. Police say he admitted to being a lookout, but wouldn't give up the other suspects.
The suspects are described as black males, all between the ages of 14 and 16. They are about five foot eight with short hair.
Police are extra concerned about this because they say these crimes are escalating. They are getting more violent. That's why they're handing out flyers in the community, warning people about what's going on and what they need to know.
"We need the leads, because these robbery victims are becoming more and more injured," said Det. W. Cutshall with Richmond Police. "And more seriously injured. We'd like to put a stop to this right away, before it becomes totally out of control for them."
Some victims have lost teeth and been knocked unconscious. Annie Liang lives in the area near the attack on Kemper Street and helped one of the victims.
"I did hear them yell out like help!" said Liang. "Yeah, it was pretty scary. We thought maybe it was a little fight between friends, but it was a pretty serious thing."
Liang says the victim came knocking for help, said he was dizzy and told them he'd been punched in he jaw.
"They only took his backpack," said Liang. "They probably thought there were valuable goods in there. What he told police was that there was three Santa hats and I believe a plate of cookies that he had made."
Police say the suspects have gotten away with bicycles, a wallet, and iPods.
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