Prosecutors ask for teen to be tried as adult in carjacking case

(WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
(WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion to charge a teen as an adult.

Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. said Tuesday a motion to transfer a 16‐year‐old in connection with a carjacking in October to adult court has been filed.

(WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
(WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

Prosecutors say on October 26 Dayton Police received a report that a car was stolen at gunpoint near Meredith Street and Edgewood Avenue. As police were responding to the robbery call, they spotted the car. A short pursuit ended when the driver crashed the vehicle on Harvard Avenue near Salem Avenue.

The teen was determined to be the driver of the vehicle. Officers noticed a loaded firearm inside the vehicle. The juvenile defendant was taken into custody and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center.

READ MORE: Dayton Police chase ends in crash

The teen defendant is charged with:

    • One count of Aggravated Robbery with a deadly weapon
    • One count of Failure to Comply With the Order of a Police Officer
    • One count of Having Weapons While Under Disability
    • One count of Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle

Prosecutors say the defendant has a lengthy criminal record, starting when he was 10 years old. At age 10, he was charged with Breaking and Entering. At age 11, he was charged with Theft. Also at age 11, he was charged with Aggravated Robbery and was sentenced to the Department of Youth Services. At age 13, he was charged with Criminal Trespassing. Then at age 14, he was charged with Receiving Stolen Property. Finally, at age 15, he was charged with Breaking and Entering.

The Prosecutor’s Office says they are asking for the transfer to adult court because of the “serious and dangerous nature of this crime, as well as his lengthy list of prior offenses.”

This case will be set for a probable cause hearing in Juvenile Court.

Prosecutor Heck said, “This defendant has had many opportunities afforded to him by the Juvenile Justice System. Clearly, he has not learned anything from his prior adjudications. Now, he is running around, brandishing a loaded firearm and stealing cars, when he should be in school.”

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