Four teens in Detroit accused of robbery spree Friday morning

Detroit Police say they arrested four teens they say were involved in a crime spree in east Detroit.

Six o'clock on a Friday morning: the final day of the week is about to start and most are pouring a cup of coffee, getting some breakfast, and starting their. That wasn't true for four teens in Detroit, police say. They were on a mission to terrorize.

Police say the teenagers, all minors from age 13 to 17, in a stolen car when they robbed a 13-year-old at a bus stop near E. 7 Mile and Gratiot Friday morning. According to Detroit Police Captain Rodney Cox, they took headphones and lunch money.

"They took headphones, all of his money, approximately $40 and they took his lunch," Cox said.

They weren't done. Police said they found a 54-year-old man around at Troester and Hayes to see if he had a lighter. He said no and then they demanded money, but he didn't have any so they left. 

Cox said they would pull up the victims, point a rifle at them and demand money.

The teens found their next target around 8:00 AM at Courville and Stratman, a 16-year old, who they stole a measly $8 from, at gunpoint.  A short time later, police officers finally tracked them down but they didn't go easy. They tried to get away and led police on a short chase before they were arrested. 

After a brief investigation police learned that one of the teens stole the rented vehicle from his own mother 

"She woke up around 3:00 this morning and noticed that her car, a rental car, and reported it stolen to the police," Cox said. 

Police say they weren't just trying to get these teens off the street they also want to help get them get their lives back on track.

"We look to establish a rapport with parent and whether or not we can provide any assistance other than just taking son or daughter into custody," Cox said.
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