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Published on June 12, 2024
Boston Juvenile Trio Arrested for Armed Robbery and Assault on Huntington AvenueSource: Wikipedia/Klaus with K, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

On Monday evening, a trio of juvenile females were arrested after an altercation on Huntington Avenue. According to the Boston Police Department report, at approximately 5:53 PM, officers stationed at District D-4 (South End) responded to an incident of assault and battery. The victim was allegedly attacked by the group, enduring several kicks and punches, and being sprayed with OC spray before her cell phone was taken.

The victim, whose injuries were substantial but not life-threatening, required hospitalization following the assault. The search for the suspects led officers to 171 Saint Botolph Street. There, an attempt to dispose of the evidence—a purple can of OC spray—was observed by the police as one of the juveniles tried to hide it under a motor vehicle. The brazenness of the act was offset by the swift apprehension by the law enforcement present.

Arrests were made: a 13-year-old was charged with armed robbery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon—officially referred to in legal terms as 'shod foot'—while her 14-year-old accomplice was charged with receiving stolen goods and assault and battery. The eldest of the group, a 16-year-old, faced similar charges, including armed robbery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

All three suspects are slated for arraignment in Boston Juvenile Court. The Boston Police Department's handling of the case highlights the complexities of juvenile crime, especially involving those under the age of majority. This often prompts discussions about the measures society has put in place to address such transgressions and how these measures integrate with broader goals of rehabilitation and correction for youth caught violating the law.