PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 17-year-old boy is accused of creating a fake Facebook account to lure at least two victims to public parks, including a high school, where he would rob them at gunpoint, stealing shoes, police and prosecutors said.
The teen is charged with three counts each of first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. He remains lodged in the Multnomah County Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center.
Prosecutors filed the case against the boy earlier this week after Portland Police robbery detectives arrested him June 9.
On June 7, police said they responded to Alberta Park near Northeast 19th Avenue and Northeast Killingsworth at 5 p.m. on reports of an armed robbery. That same day, officers responded to Grant Park near Northeast 36th and Northeast Brazee Court at 7:10 p.m. on reports of another armed robbery.
Detectives learned that both victims met the suspect using social media. Police said the teen was using a fake Facebook profile using the name “Karl Stevens.” The teen would send messages and set up meetings with the victims on the “Sneakerheads Portland” Facebook group page, court documents state. The teen reportedly posted that he was interested in purchasing their Air Jordan shoes, court documents state. It remains unknown if the teen actually sent a Facebook “friend” request, or if he was just using the messaging and posting features.
Both victims told police that when they met with the teen, he robbed them using a “silver colored revolver handgun,” deputy district attorney Eric Zimmerman wrote in court documents.
Detectives then learned that on June 8 at 1:15 p.m., officers responded to Grant High School in Northeast Portland. Officers believe the teen committed another armed robbery. The victim told Portland Police Detective Darren Posey that the teen “reached into his belt-line and pulled out a ‘silver revolver,’ (and) that the defendant then opened the cylinder and spun it around showing the victim that the gun was loaded,” Zimmerman wrote.
The teen then pointed the gun at the victim and ordered the person to give him all of his money, court documents state.
When detectives contact the teen on June 9, he was wearing shoes that matched the kind that were reported stolen from the victim at Grant Park, court documents state. The teen’s friend “was also wearing the other set of stolen shoes,” Zimmerman wrote.
The teen is scheduled to be in court again next week.
KOIN 6 News does not identify juveniles unless they are charged with Ballot Measure 11 crimes and have been indicated by a grand jury. The teen is being charged as an adult under Ballot Measure 11, but has not yet been indicted.