11-year-old, 12-year-old arrested, accused of armed robbery on Beltline

Police have arrested an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy and accused them of robbing a woman at gunpoint while she was walking on the Beltline on Easter Sunday.

The woman told Atlanta police that a group of children came up to her while she was walking on the trail around 8 p.m. in southwest Atlanta. She said they asked to use her cellphone, and when she said no, they followed her and one of them showed her a gun on his waistband.

The woman said they demanded her phone and earbuds, and she said she threw them on the ground.


Police said the children took the woman’s items and ran toward Lawton Street. The woman was not injured.

After investigators distributed photos of the suspects taken from cameras on the Beltline, some officers who had prior interactions with the children were able to identify them, police said.

The 11-year-old and 12-year-old were arrested Monday and taken to the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center, charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a handgun by a person under the age of 18. Police said the 12-year-old had the weapon.

Another 12-year-old was detained, but he has not been charged, police said.

The investigation continues.

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