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5th Louisiana teen sought in sneaker seller street robbery

Prison is no way to start life as an adult, and it's certainly no place Louisiana parents would want their child. The state's juvenile justice system is geared toward rehabilitating delinquents. However, a juvenile who commits a violent crime, like murder or armed robbery, may not be able to escape adult prosecution or penalties upon conviction.

Four Louisiana teens, ages 16 to 18, are in serious legal trouble. The defendants are charged with robbing another teen at gunpoint. Police in Kenner are also searching for a fifth teen believed to have been part of a group that held up a teen trying to sell pairs of sneakers.

Reports said the alleged victim, a 17-year-old Gretna teen, placed ads to sell the footwear online through Instagram and the mobile instant messaging app Kik. The price the teen wanted for each pair of Air Jordans was $160. Interested buyers contacted the teen and a face-to-face meeting was set.

Five people showed up to meet the seller, who displayed four pairs of sneakers to the would-be purchasers. A $100 offer was made, which the seller said was too low. The group left, presumably to get more money, but one group member returned with a gun and stole the seller's cash and sneakers.

The victim's descriptions were used by police to track down the alleged robbers in the neighborhood where the meeting took place. Investigators connected one defendant to the crime by using the robbed teen's cellphone to call back a Chalmette 17-year-old – one of the interested buyers. An 18-year-old and two 16-year-old defendants also were arrested.

A defendant's parents' fears about their child's future are justified. A juvenile can face a trial in an adult court and punishments to match, when a criminal charge is as serious as armed robbery. It is unwise for parents and children to take on this challenge without a criminal defense attorney's advice.

Source: The Times-Picayune, "Teen selling Air Jordan sneakers on Instagram robbed at gunpoint in Kenner; four arrested" Michelle Hunter, Aug. 05, 2014

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