By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested two teenagers from the Administration for Children’s Services facility for reportedly robbing a man tasked with providing transportation to the facility’s residents last Thursday, June 14. Police said that a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl surrounded the vehicle outside the facility at 492 First Avenue around 11:15 p.m.
The driver was reportedly sitting in the back seat of the for-hire vehicle when the girl who was arrested let herself into the car and sat in the driver’s seat. When the victim attempted to get out of the car as the teens were approaching, a boy who was later arrested allegedly prevented him from leaving.
The girl then got out of the driver’s seat and ran around the car while opening all the doors to further distract the driver. The boy then spotted a Samsung tablet in the front passenger’s seat and grabbed it through the window while struggling with the victim. The victim said as he tried to get it back, the boy punched him with both fists in his chest to push him off and ran off with the tablet.
Police said that one of the teens initially opened the driver’s side front door and allowed one of the girls who was arrested to sit in the driver’s seat. The victim said that he was sitting in the rear driver’s side passenger seat and tried to leave, at which point one of the teens prevented him from getting out.
The names of the teens are being withheld due to their young age.