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Chesterfield Police connect Halloween, taxicab knifepoint robberies

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield authorities have confirmed they've charged the same teenage suspect in relation to two robberies at knifepoint.

Police arrested the suspect early Tuesday morning after K-9 units were dispatched to help locate him. He's been charged in relation to that incident Tuesday, in which a cab driver was robbed at knifepoint. Police also connected him to the Halloween robbery of a teen just steps from his own home.

Their stories were both scary, robberies in the dark under the threat of a knife. One was caught on camera.

Lisa Hernandez's son was the victim in the trick-or-treat case. "He walked in the door crying and it broke my heart," she said.

Now, police say they have this teen in custody, charged with robbery in both crimes. NBC12's legal expert says even at 15 years old, the suspect could face very grownup consequences.

"For anyone who is at least 14 years old, it's vitally important that they understand that age is no defense," Steve Benjamin said. "Once you hit 14, if you commit anything that is regarded as a serious felony, then it's very possible that your case will be transferred to adult court and you--though you are 14, 15, or 16--can be tried as an adult and face adult penalties."

That decision will play out in court, based on a number of factors like the suspect's possible record, previous history, the availability of services for the suspect, the number, nature, and seriousness of the charges. They may also consider his school record, his education and his mental and emotional maturity.

For Hernandez, the connection between the crimes is no surprise. When she heard about the second crime, she figured that would be the case."When I heard about it, I was like, he's getting brave!" said Hernandez. "Maybe he practiced on my son and then tried to go something bigger."But the arrest, is a huge relief: "I don't want him to be scared anymore."

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