Teens Charged With Robbing Dad, Kids In Rocky Mount Park

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Two teens are in custody after authorities say they robbed a father and his kids at a park Thursday afternoon at gunpoint.

Rocky Mount Police say a 14and 15 year old, both males, robbed the dad and his 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Battle Park. Police say both suspects had guns and demanded money. The father complied and the suspects took off on bicycles. An officer saw the suspects leave and they were apprehended without incident. Both suspects will be charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon on juvenile petition.


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  • by armed and dangerous on Dec 2, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    Phooey on the laws that favor criminals. Rob me and I'll try to drop you in your tracks.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    If we institute a catch-and-release spay/neuter program on feral children, we will solve this problem in a generation.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 at 01:23 PM in reply to
      That will work!!
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      by DIXIECHICK on Dec 3, 2011 at 03:45 AM in reply to
      I like that idea. One of the main goals of deer hunting is to thin the herd and get rid of the bad genes. The same idea would work here because there's some serious defects in this young generation
  • by BB on Dec 2, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    Acting the part of an "adult," treat them as an "adult." These juveniles know nothing is going to happen to them. This needs to change. There needs to be punishment to fit the crime, regardless of the age. We've go to get tough on these criminals, whether they're juveniles or adults. I still say allowing God back in our lives is the only thing that is going to fix our society.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    Exactly the reason why no laws prohibiting the carrying of firearms, conceled or open, should be enacted.
  • by 40some on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    New law, CCW in parks. Shoot em all.
  • by Betsy Location: NC on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Rocky Mount is not safe daytime or nighttime with all the bad guys, unemployed, and drugs. I don't go out any more than I have to, keep aware of everyone around me, and only park if I am very close to the store I'm entering. It's sad that law abiding people are afraid to go out anymore. It's also sad that Dixie Chick had to go back 20 years to remember when things were safe. Until the law starts holding parents responsible for the actions of their children, they will never raise their kids to follow the law, especially since many of them don't believe in the laws themselves. I just hope my family lives out their natural lives without thugs bringing violence into their lives.
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      by DIXIECHICK on Dec 2, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to Betsy
      What's also sad is that I'm still more comfortable going to Rocky Mount than going to Greenville.
  • by Permit Location: NC on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    Dean, you are correct. The law abiding citizen, who has had training, has no legal way of protecting themselves. The criminals and thugs don't care about a sign or a law. Does the Mayor of Rocky Mount think these 15 year old gang members are the Concealed Carry Permit Holders everyone is afraid of? Its time for our elected leaders to get real about crime. Law abiding citizens are getting tired of this type of thing !!
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    Chances are these teenage thugs came from a single parent environment with their mother living off of welfare and with no financial support from the father. This is a plague we have brought upon ourselves and the problems will never be resolved as long as society contiues to support and reward people for the bad choices they make. We must get serious and make some drastic changes to the welfare system. First of all, no single parent should be qualified to receive welfare unless she is a high school graduate or is physically or mentally impaired. Secondly, once someone is on welfare they should not receive higher benefits each time they have an additional child. And lastly, we should not allow a single parent to hand over a child to another member of the family (grandmother, aunt, etc.) so that they can receive welfare because the have "child care issues". It's time for the public to wake up and take a stand. Just because someone drops out of school and chooses to start having children it should not be society's responsibility to support that person and her children indefintely. Anybody can make one mistake but having multiple children and depending on society to raise them is not a mistake -- it is a deliberate choice made in order to game the system.
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      by adlitem on Dec 2, 2011 at 07:39 AM in reply to Ben
      Re Ben - and how is this a solution? It's a good idea but resolves nothing and perpetulates the problem. Welfare reform is indeed the answer but not dictating what a person will do, ie, how many babies and mandating hs diploma. Do you really think the public education system can reform them? Let's castrate the baby daddy not paying child support - like that idea?
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      by BB on Dec 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM in reply to Ben
      I believe welfare contributes to crime, and changes need to be made. Too many able bodied people are on welfare. They either sit on their lazy behinds thinking of things to do get more "free" money, walk the streets getting into trouble, make more babies for more "free" money, or sleep so they can start all over again. None of this included thinking of ways to get off welfare; or teaching kids right from wrong, good morals, and citizenship. Instead they teach their kids how to play the system. I think anyone on welfare who gets a new tattoo, body piercing, or expensive jewelry should be cut off welfare. I can't afford expensive jewelry, so do without. I don't expect you to pay for it. If they can afford these things, they can buy food, clothes, etc. I also believe limiting the number of kids while a person is on welfare is a great idea. Birth control is easy. I couldn't afford anymore kids, so I used birth control and didn't have anymore. I did have more and expect taxpayers to pay for them. I do believe permanent birth control should be offered to those who can't seem to keep their legs together or the horse in the barn. Might cost taxpayers more on the front end but save in the long run. Notice I am talking about able-bodied folks on welfare.
  • by common sense Location: enc on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    We've blamed the government, the school, teachers, DSS, society, democrats, republicans, religion, lack of religion, etc. When will we demand responsibility and restitution from the 2 entities who should shoulder the burden of failed youth...parents and the individual.
  • by common sense Location: enc on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    We've blamed the government, the school, teachers, DSS, society, democrats, republicans, religion, lack of religion, etc. When will we demand responsibility and restitution from the 2 entities who should shoulder the burden of failed youth...parents and the individual.
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