Indictment: 2 14-year-olds, 2 15-year-olds charged with stabbing, carjacking woman with knife in mall parking lot
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GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — We have new details on the teenage girls arrested for attacking a woman in a mall parking lot on Jan. 20.
Two of the girls are 14 years old. Two of them are 15. Indictment papers confirm at least one of them stabbed a 62-year-old woman as she walked to and got in her car in a parking lot at the Mall at Greece Ridge.
Monday night, the district attorney’s office released the grand jury indictment that charges the four girls with serious felonies.
"Sixty-year-old female stabbed at the Long Pond parking lot entrance," was the call on police radios the night of Jan. 20.
The four teenage girls are charged as juvenile offenders for robbery and assault. The papers say they attacked the woman with a knife, causing a one-inch cut. Then they pulled the woman from her SUV, stole her iPhone worth $1,100 and stole the SUV.
"They took her car as well," the radio call said.
Police found the SUV crashed four miles west on Ridge Road.
Even though they are 14 and 15 years old, the girls are in Youth Court. That’s criminal court, not family court. It will take an act of the judge or the district attorney to move one or all of the cases to family court.
Click here to understand more about what constitutes a juvenile offender.
According to the state, "a child who is 13, 14, or 15-years-old and is charged with committing a serious or violent felony offense listed in Penal Law 10.00 (18), is considered a Juvenile Offender. These cases are heard in the Youth Part of the Supreme or County Court. Juvenile Offenders who are convicted after a plea or a trial are subject to less severe sentences than adults. Juvenile Offenders who are convicted will have a permanent criminal record unless the Court grants Youth Offender status."
"Juvenile Offender cases can be transferred to Family Court if the Court determines that the transfer would be in the interests of justice. Upon transfer to Family Court, the child is then considered a Juvenile Delinquent."
I spoke to the victim’s family on the phone Tuesday morning. They thanked me for the call but did not want to share any comment.
The DA’s office didn’t want to talk. Neither did Greece Police, but we’ll keep tracking this case because the teenagers are in court on Thursday.