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UA police charge three juveniles with aggravated robbery

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Upper Arlington police have charged three teenage boys accused of beating a 17-year-old boy during a failed robbery attempt at a local school.

The Upper Arlington Police Division on Wednesday, July 9, was continuing its investigation of an alleged attempted robbery involving the four boys June 30 at Hastings Middle School.

According to UAPD Sgt. Jon Wilhelm, a 17-year-old boy arranged to meet at least one acquaintance at the school. Upon arriving sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m., the alleged victim reportedly was encountered by three other teens.

Wilhelm would not comment as to why the boys were meeting, but he said the three suspects attempted to rob him of an undisclosed amount of money using what later was determined to be an Airsoft handgun.

Airsoft firearms fire various weights of BB ammunition.

“A 17-year-old male reported he was at the school, and he was robbed at gunpoint by three males,” Wilhelm said. “They attempted to rob him, and after a brief struggle, he was able to (flee). He was struck several times in the head by a metal Airsoft handgun.”

Wilhelm said the alleged victim was treated for head injuries at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

“He had some gashes in his scalp, a knot behind his ear and was diagnosed with a concussion,” Wilhelm said.

On Wednesday, July 9, UAPD arrested two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old, all of Upper Arlington.

Wilhelm said an Airsoft handgun also was recovered.

All three boys were charged with aggravated robbery before being released to their parents.

A representative of the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office Juvenile Division said the three teens are scheduled to appear for a July 24 preliminary hearing but would not provide further details of the case.

Wilhelm said police believe the alleged victim knew at least two of the three teens and that investigators don’t believe anyone else was involved in the attack.

He said the case remained under investigation as the UAPD attempted to contact potential witnesses.

“There are witnesses,” Wilhelm said. “We don’t know if the witnesses saw what happened or heard about it later.”

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