A 10-year-old gang member accused of attacking and robbing passersby on a Houston bike trail has been charged with robbery, reports KHOU.com.
The child is the youngest charged in a crew of nine alleged gang members ranging in age from 10- to 16-years-old.
At least 20 victims were knocked off their bikes, beaten with bricks and rocks, and robbed on the Houston bike trail.
“Without even so much as asking them for their property first, they would just simply knock them off the bike and start beating them,” said HPD Capt. Glen Yorek.
John Preston tells his story to KHOU:
“And all of a sudden, one of the bigger kids jumped out and kapow, tackles me,” Preston said. “Broke my collar bone, three ribs. I was messed up.”
Thirteen attacks have been reported since May on the Columbia Bike Trail between North MacGregor and the Gulf Freeway service road.
The same group of suspects is believed responsible for more than seven other similar robberies in locations near the bike trail in the Third Ward.
The big break in the case came when a Metro police officer saw one of the crimes happening.
Some of the young suspects have confessed.
“Some said it was just fun, others said they needed the money,” Capt. Yorek said. “They needed the money to eat. They needed the money for tennis shoes.”
The older children will be charged with organized criminal activity.
Read more at KHOU.com.