Rochester Teenager Charged In Mini Crime Spree In Twin Cities
Woodbury, MN (KROC AM News) - A Rochester teenager will likely be prosecuted in adult court for his involvement in a mini-crime spree that occurred in Woodbury earlier this month.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced Tuesday that juvenile petitions had been filed against 17-year-old Tayvein Sophun Pttachan Tep. Orput says his office has already also filed a motion to certify the juvenile to adult court. The charges include aggravated robbery, felony assault, and motor vehicle theft.
Orput says Tep was with at least two others when they committed the crimes on Nov 8th.
Tep and the others are accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in the first incident. A short while later they stole a car left running in a parking lot. They then robbed another woman at gunpoint and drove off with her car.
The Star Tribune is reporting the teenager is accused of being involved in an armed robbery the next day in St Cloud. The Star Tribune story also says Tep was wanted on a warrant that was issued after he skipped a court-ordered placement at a Rochester group home last month.
He is currently in custody.
Orput said, “Unfortunately, these robbery and motor vehicle theft cases are occurring too often in Washington County. Law enforcement and prosecutors in my office are coordinating to swiftly investigate and charge these cases. The crimes are very frightening to the victims and community. My office will respond with serious consequences for those who commit these crimes in Washington County. This will include certification to adult court for juveniles who are a serious risk to public safety.”
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