On September 17th, a 10-year-old juvenile was taken from his Houston classroom, arrested and charged with robbery in a series of almost 20 violent robberies near Houston’s downtown Columbia Tap Trail, between Houston's North MacGregor and Gulf Freeway Service Road. Eight other involved Houston students (ranging from ages 10 to 16) were arrested at schools near the bike trail and charged with organized crime, as all nine male children were aspiring gang members, brutally attacking their victims with their fists and guns.
Houston Police Department Captain, Glenn Yorek, stated that "[The nine suspects] thought [the robberies were] a good summer activity… Some said they needed money to eat or to buy shoes."
The police stated that the Houston crime suspects targeted cyclists and joggers, from college students to senior citizens, in the series of robberies that began last May. In one instance, the attackers broke someone's collar bone and ribs. Other times, the robbers struck their victims in the head. The blow was followed with beatings by at least two attackers. The juveniles also stole several high-cost bikes.
Some of the suspects had prior criminal records. All were referred to Harris County juvenile probation.