Upper Arlington News

Three juveniles charged with aggravated robbery


Upper Arlington police have charged three juveniles with aggravated robbery in connection with the beating of a 17-year-old boy during a failed robbery at a local school.

According to Sgt. Jon Wilhelm, a 17-year-old boy had arranged to meet at least one acquaintance at Hastings Middle School, 1850 Hastings Lane, on June 30. Police said the boy arrived sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. and encountered three other juveniles.

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

According to various retailers, Airsoft firearms typically are capable of firing differing 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 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, police arrested three suspects, two age 16 and one 17, all of Upper Arlington. Wilhelm said an Airsoft handgun also was recovered.

Each of the three was charged with aggravated robbery before being released to their parents.

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

Wilhelm said police believe the victim knew at least two of the three suspects. He said investigators don't believe anyone else was involved in the incident.

However, he said, the case remains under investigation as the UAPD attempts to contact potential witnesses.

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