A group of New York teens is accused of punching a young child and then stealing her scooter, WNBC-TV reports. The incident occurred July 28 around 5:50 p.m. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The 6-year-old victim was riding the Razor scooter when three people believed to be teenagers approached her near the intersection of Bartlett Street and Throop Avenue. One of the teen boys allegedly punched the girl in her chest using a closed fist, and then the two other teens took hold of the scooter before running away. Footage from a security camera shows two boys walking at a corner while a third boy can be seen riding a bicycle. A short time later, the bicyclist reappears and two boys are shown running away, one of them holding onto a Razor scooter, according to CBS News. Medics treated the 6-year-old girl at the scene. She is expected to be physically OK and was not hospitalized, WNBC-TV reports. Authorities believe the stolen scooter was worth about $30.
The NYPD described the teens as likely 14 to 16 years of age, WPIX-TV reports. According to the security camera footage, one teen was wearing denim jeans and a multi-colored T-shirt. A second teen was wearing blue or turquoise shorts and a white T-shirt with a graphic on the front. The third teen was wearing black sunglasses, a black T-shirt and red shorts. Area residents said they were shocked and saddened by the crime. “What is going on with the world? I mean how could you stoop so low?” Sandra Warner asked a WNBC-TV reporter. “I think it’s crazy how a little girl can’t even ride a scooter, like just to have fun. It’s crazy how troublemakers just want to start nothing for no reason,” Jordan Day told WNBC-TV. “I feel like it’s sad. It’s crazy.” A man who was not identified also told the television station: “It’s ridiculous because there’s a lot of kids around this area, especially on this block alone.” To report information about this case, call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) in Spanish.
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