Two youths who targeted a 17-year-old have been charged with robbery following an investigation by Kingston Police.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, the 17-year-old victim got on a bus to go to a nearby mall after his first day of school for the year. During the bus ride, it is believed the suspects – two 15-year-old boys – overheard the victim talking about the money he had in his possession, according to a press release from Kingston Police.
The victim entered the mall, and was followed by the two youths, and all three were tracked by mall security cameras, Kingston Police said, however no crime took place until after the victim left the mall.
Following the mall visit, the victim was approached by the juveniles near Gardiners Road. The youths called the victim over and demanded his backpack. When he refused to hand it over, one of the youths produced a knife. The 17-year-old quickly tried to get away, but fell, at which point the two 15-year-olds punched and kicked him before taking off with his backpack. The victim sustained minor injuries.
The Kingston Police Major Crimes Unit investigated, and the juveniles were arrested on Monday, Sept. 24. Both 15-year-olds are charged with robbery and one of them is additionally charged with two counts of breaching his probation.