6 juveniles accused in armed robbery of Huber Heights AT&T appear in court
UPDATE: Six teens were in juvenile court Friday accused of robbing the AT&T store on Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights.
The judge didn't pull any punches letting the families know what the teens are in for.
There was an emotional outburst in Juvenile Court after relatives learned six teenagers charged with aggravated robbery could each get up to 25 years in prison.
"These cases are extremely serious," Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Tony Capizzi said.
The 15, 16 and 17 year olds are accused of holding up a Huber Heights cell phone store Thursday.
They were caught after crashing a stolen car during a police chase.
It's possible they could all be charged as adults.
One teen asked the judge how long his trial could take.
"That's an interesting question. It may be five or six months so gentlemen get used to living upstairs. You'll be upstairs for quite an extended period of time at this point," Capizzi said.
"it really saddens me because our youth, they can't be forgotten even when they make mistakes," Stephlynn Coates said.
Coates is the aunt of one of the suspects and knows some of the others.
"I think sometimes kids are just looking for acceptance and they look in the wrong place," said Coates.
She said several boys played youth football together.
"They were good kids, I mean they were good kids and somehow they just got lost," said Coates.
Her reaction when she saw this video on TV?
"I didn't know who they were, my son did. And it was just heartbreaking. They still need support, they still need guidance, they still need someone to love them," said Coates.
Coates realizes that's hard for some to swallow after seeing that video.
The judge said the six juveniles will remain in custody for their safety and the community's safety.
They'll be back in court in two weeks and could face many other charges.
HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - We are learning new details about the suspects involved in an armed robbery of an AT&T store in Huber Heights Thursday.
Juvenile court officials have confirmed to FOX45 that six juvenile suspects will be appearing in court this afternoon. Caleb Warren Johnson, 18, is in custody at the Montgomery County Jail on a charge of Aggravated Robbery.
Police said seven suspects were arrested Thursday afternoon after a "bold" armed robbery of an AT&T store on Old Troy Pike. Surveillance video shows the suspects entering the store armed with various weapons and having an employee open the safe. In a 911 call from the store, an employee told the dispatcher "they had us pinned to the ground, I had to open the safe for them and they took like everything."
The suspects were in and out of the store within minutes. FOX45 spoke with one of the customers who was inside when the suspects came in armed with guns, “Told me to get down, or they’d blow my head off,” Thurman Mayton told FOX45.
After the robbery, the suspects took off in what police say was a stolen vehicle which they ended up crashing near Longwood and Harshmanville Road. Lt. Matt Dulaney with the Huber Heights Police Department said the suspects crashed after officers spotted them, then the suspects all jumped out of the vehicle. All seven suspects were taken into custody and police say they found guns, money and cellphones. Multiple agencies including SWAT responded to the scene, all Huber Heights schools were placed on lockdown during the search for the suspects.