Two Separate Robberies Involving Groups
KENNEWICK, Wa.,--On Friday June 15th, 22-year-old Papa Johns employee, Josh Carter, was delivering pizza to the Phoenix Manor Apartment complex in Kennewick. When he arrived, a young man told him to go to a different apartment.
From there, five teenage boys assaulted carter, later stealing his pizza. The suspects didn't think it was a big deal.
"It seems like these youths didn't seem to catch on to the seriousness of it because they thought they were just taking pizza, not money," said Knox. That they didn't realize they were indeed committing a robbery."
Child Psychiatrist, Dr. Benjamin Pe says when a bunch of kids get together, their thoughts can become irrational.
"That group mentality can be very, very powerful," said Pe. And there is almost a sense of invincibility at times."
On Tuesday June 19th, another attack involved two adults riding bicycles near Sheppard street and Hood Avenue in Kennewick. Police say a group of boys approached the victims on foot, challenging them to fight.
"We're into the summer now," said Pe. So, teenagers have a lot more free time on their hands. And during the school year they're generally pretty busy, attending school during the days, only having the weekends free."
The two adults tried to flee northbound on Sheppard, but didn't realize it was a dead end. One rider managed to get away, but the other was assaulted and had his bike stolen. Officer Knox says these are serious crimes.
"It doesn't matter how small the amount of value of the items taken," said Knox. When you attack someone and take someone from them, that escalates from an assault to a robbery. This is a major felony."