Teens Charged With Carjacking, Home Invasion
5 Teens Accused Of Tying Up Couple, Ransacking Home
POSTED: 1:15 pm EDT August 20, 2009
UPDATED: 2:44 pm EDT August 20, 2009
FLINT, Mich. -- A group of teens are facing charges Thursday after a string of crimes in Flint.
Genesee County sheriff Robert Pickell said two of the suspects will be charged as adults.
The teens, all between the ages of 14 and 16, called themselves "The Certified Hot Boyz Gang" and Pickell described how they tortured a couple a few weeks ago.
Pickell also said during the news conference Thursday morning that the teens were unafraid to pulling the trigger if they found it necessary.
Deputies said two weeks ago, five young men missed a bus and desperate for a ride, they carjacked a couple.
Authorities said after they forced them into their home, the teens tied them up, beat them and ransacked the home – all within a 45 minute time frame.
Police said the group wanted to steal the couple’s two cars and one wanted to kill them, but ended up taking a van and other property.
Pickell said teen violence on this scale is very common.
“Even though they were young and very violent, they were smart enough to know the police could track them,” said Pickell.
Two of the teens have been charged as adults with armed robbery, first-degree home invasion, larceny from a person and felony firearm.
“It’s a sign of our times,” said Flint Police Chief Alvern Locke. “You look at the games they play on the video games – obviously some issues there somewhere.”
Three other teens are facing unknown charges, but have not been charged yet.