One adult and three juveniles are now in the custody of the Clay County Detention Center after allegedly being involved in an armed robbery incident that the victims say took place on Grove Street.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday night, West Point police were dispatched to Grove Street and spoke with two men, who reported to officers that four male subjects who all had guns approached them and started making demands for goods.
West Point Chief of Police Tim Brinkley said the two victims of the armed robbery reported that they were sitting in a car at one of the victim’s home when they were approached by the alleged robbers. During their discussion with police, the two victims gave clothing descriptions of some of the men and a description of the vehicle, which the victims said the offenders fled in.
Soon after speaking with the victims, one officer spotted the vehicle, which fit the description, on Eshman Ave. near West Point High School and called for backup. When backup units were in close proximity to the officer’s location the officer stopped the vehicle, which was occupied by four male subjects.
“Recovered from the vehicle were four firearms, a small amount of narcotics, ammunition and a cell phone that belonged to one of the victims,” Brinkley said.
Two 16-year-olds, a 17-year-old and 20-year-old Jeremy Brown of Columbus were all taken into custody and are all charged with felony armed robbery. Brinkley said the juveniles, whose names will be released at a later date, are also being charged as adults.
Brinkley said more and more communities are beginning to have robberies of this nature and firearms in the hands of minors is becoming more and more of a serious issue.
“When juveniles start picking up guns and when you have four assailants who each have a gun the potential for an armed robbery to turn into a murder is magnified four times, and that’s a danger,” he said. “The accessibility of guns in our community is too easy. Sixteen and 17-year-olds shouldn’t be able to buy guns, so that tells me that if three 16 or 17-year-olds get caught with guns then that means juveniles their ages anywhere can get their hands on a gun if they really wanted to. That’s a scary thought. We have no choice but to prosecute them. According to the law they can be tried as adults, but that’s the judge’s and the (District Attorney’s) call.”
The bonds of the four alleged offenders had not been set as of Tuesday afternoon.