The area of the Beltline where the alleged attack took place. Image via Google Maps.
A woman claims three children with a gun robbed her on the Beltline on Easter Sunday, April 21.
The victim was walking west on the trail in southwest Atlanta when the group came up to her, asking to use her cellphone, police confirmed to WSBTV. When the woman refused, one of the youths flashed the gun tucked into his waistband and demanded her cellphone and ear buds.
The following Monday, April 22, Atlanta Police detained three males (ages 11, 12 and 12) they suspected were involved, Police officials told Atlanta Loop. Officers were able to confirm that the children detained were those described by the victim.
Police used surveillance cameras to find the suspects, WSBTV reports. Police said they’ve had incidences with the children before.
“We were actually able to make an identification from their previous history,” Atlanta Police Investigator James White told the TV station.
The 11-year-old and the 12-year-old that approached the victim were arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a handgun by a person under the age of 18, police officials said. One of the 12-year-olds arrested was determined to be the suspect with the weapon at the time of the robbery.
At this time, the third male has not been charged, but the investigation is ongoing, police officials told Atlanta Loop. Both of the juveniles were transported to Metro Regional Youth Detention Center.