4 Grant HS students convicted in armed robbery

3 of the teens were charged as adults

Parts of US Grant Park and Grant High School (background) shown June 12 2015.
Parts of US Grant Park and Grant High School (background) shown June 12 2015.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Four Grant High School students have been convicted of third-degree robbery following an armed robbery that happened at the high school last month, according to prosecutors.

Three of the suspects were charged as adults under the state’s Ballot Measure 11 statute, at which point KOIN 6 News identified them. On Tuesday, all suspects took plea deals to charges that did not fall under Measure 11 and KOIN 6 News has since removed their names.

None of the defendants were given jail time, due in part to their lack of criminal history.

The robbers are all between the ages of 16 and 14.

Students at the school said three of the boys are sophomores and the youngest is a freshman.

According to court documents, the robbery happened on Feb. 4 in front of Grant High School in Northeast Portland.

The alleged victim told police that he was standing outside the high school with three of his friends when the three suspects approached and “surrounded” him.

The 14-year-old reportedly had a knife and all four started demanding that the victim hand over his money, according to court documents.

One of the teens laughed and stated, “You think we are joking around,” according to court documents. The victim told police that in fact, he did think the group was joking around, but when he saw the knife, he knew it was real and thought he was going to get stabbed. The victim told police that he “was just preparing myself,” according to court records.

According to court records, the 14-year-old boy appeared to be the aggressor who was armed with the knife and who searched the boy’s pocket.

When being interviewed by detectives, one of the teens was asked what he would say to the victim if he were present. The teen said he would say, “F*** you,” according to court records.

A spokesperson with Portland Public Schools could not comment specifically on the allegations but said that Friday, the district was hosting its biggest, district-wide anti-bullying campaign and that all acts and allegations of bullying are taken seriously.

 

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