The 14-year-old boy recently charged with a mugging at the old Fort Stanwix Elementary School is now facing additional robbery charges from several other similar incidents, according to law enforcement officials.
Rome Police said the juvenile and another boy threatened two other juveniles with a handgun at the old Fort Stanwix School at about 2 a.m. Sept. 5. One of the victims handed over a cell phone and the suspects fled.
At 1:30 a.m. Sept. 8, state police said the juvenile met with another person at the playground at the Pine Haven Trailer Park in the city’s outer district for a transaction. State police said the victim had placed an ad on the Snapchat app to sell a Fortnite video game account.
When the two met, troopers said the 14-year-old again pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s possessions. The victim handed over a cell phone and the 14-year-old again fled, authorities stated.
At 3:30 a.m. Sept. 8, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office responded to another cell phone theft involving a juvenile victim in the Town of Lee.
Later in the day on Sept. 8, the Rome Police were able to locate the suspect and took him into custody. Authorities said the juvenile has been charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, a class B felony. He was arraigned in court and was sent to a juvenile detention facility in Erie County. He is scheduled to appear in Family Court.
The juvenile’s name was not released due to his young age.