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Trenton teens keeping police busy

In one of several recent incidents involving teens, police picked up a 15-year-old teen who allegedly robbed another teenager, taking his cell phone.

The teen reportedly had a gun and after allegedly taking the cell phone of the 17-year-old, went through the pockets of the victim's companion, also male. Finding nothing in the second teen's pockets, he fled. Police later took the boy into custody; juvenile petitions have been filed against him for robbery and weapons offenses.

An unrelated incident in the Trenton area involves a female teenager attending school in an alternative middle school program. Just after 8:30 a.m., the 14-year-old teen was arguing with a school employee when another school employee, a 44-year-old female, stepped in between them.

The teen then allegedly hit the woman in the face with her fist. Following the incident, the teen was held by school staff until police arrived. She was then charged with aggravated assault on a school member and was taken to an area youth detention center.

In another incident, a 13-year-old boy was charged with arson after allegedly setting a fire inside his family's home, a three-family building in the city. The teen set fire to trash in the family's bathtub.

Firefighters dispatched to the scene easily put out the fire.

When questioned regarding why he had set the fire, the teen, who fled to the building's roof after igniting the trash, was defiant. He said he didn't care if his mother could have been hurt in the fire because he was angry with her.

According to a media report, his anger stems from a recent incident in which the youth got into trouble with police over taking a BB gun to school; he was angry at his mother for not defending him. The teen was arrested and charged with arson, attempt to cause widespread injury and criminal mischief.

Anyone facing criminal charges, whether the person is a juvenile or an adult, has the right to defend themselves with the help of a criminal defense attorney.

Source:, "Armed Trenton youth arrested after robbing teen of cell phone, police say," Alex Zdan, Feb. 9, 2013

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