ShareThis Page

Brackenridge teens, 18, charged with robbing boy, 12, in Tarentum

| Friday, Dec. 4, 2009

Two 18-year-old Brackenridge men have been arrested for allegedly robbing a 12-year-old boy.

The boy was robbed Wednesday evening while walking home from the Exxon gas station at the foot of the Tarentum Bridge.

Tarentum police Chief Bill Vakulick said the boy noticed two black males standing outside the station when he entered at 5:45 p.m.

"He said he felt uneasy but proceeded to use the ATM machine," Vakulick said.

After paying for the items he bought, the boy crossed Route 366, known locally as Ross Street, and continued walking toward his home along West Seventh Avenue.

Vakulick said the boy observed the same males following him and began to run.

According to police, the boy was grabbed from behind by Arnold Green, 18, of Brackenridge, and robbed in front of Nick Chevrolet.

The other man, Justin Green, 18, also of Brackenridge, watched as his relative robbed the boy, according to police.

Vakulick said Arnold Green was charged with robbery, theft, simple assault and harassment.

Justin Green was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

Greens are related, but their relationship was not immediately clear.

The boy was not reported to have been hurt.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.