Three teens were arrested on Monday for allegedly robbing and assaulting a female employee at a jewelry store in Downtown Boston that morning, according to police.
Officers responded to a report of a robbery around 10:05 a.m. in the area of 44 School St., where they were then directed to a group of males and females who matched the description of the suspects, police said.
“Upon seeing officers, the group fled the area on foot, but were again located in the area,” police said.
While the juveniles — a 14-year-old Boston female, a 14-year-old Roxbury female, and a 15-year-old Hyde Park male — were being detained, officers spoke to the victim, who said the group had congregated in the doorway of the store and began to ring the bell relentlessly, according to police.
The employee told officers that she asked the group to leave several times, but they refused. She stated that she then opened the door in a final attempt to get them to leave, and that’s when the teens allegedly began to taunt and threaten to assault her.
“The victim stated the group began to swarm her within the doorway so she defended herself and attempted to push them away with her legs,” police said. “At this time, one of the female suspects violently attacked the victim and began punching and kicking her while the group cheered the suspect on.”
The fight then continued into the jewelry store, according to police, where the “suspects ripped the victim’s gold necklace off” before fleeing the area.
The three juveniles arrested have been charged with assault and battery on a victim over the age of 60 and unarmed robbery, police said. Three other suspects were identified but were released from the scene.