Teens Charged With Assault

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

"It happened so fast it was like i was dreaming of something."

The words of 15-year-old Jarrid Woody, a Lansing teenager who claims he was assaulted on Sunday night. Woody said he was walking home from his grandmother's, when he was attacked by at least four teenagers no older than 14, one of them a boy he knew.

"I thought they were going to ask me to play basketball with them so I started walking," he said. "One of them came up from behind me, tripped me, and I fell on my shoulder. When I got up they all started punching me, kicking me, stomping on me and stuff like that."

Jarrid said he was attacked on Jerome Street near Sparrow Hospital. He said he was lucky to be so close to the facility in order to get help.

"I ran (to Sparrow) because they started chasing me for a bit. When I got there they started running (away)," claimed the teen.

But the crimes didn't stop there. Police say the teens went on to assault two adult men as well.

Sergeant David Emmons of the Lansing Police says kids may not understand the consequences of their actions.

"Kids just don't think beyond the actual act what the ramifications will be. Any crime involving juveniles is a concern to the community."

Michael Fagan of Chief Cart golf carts agrees.

"The devastation they can create is hard to even fathom," he said.

Fagan's business was vandalized twice last month causing more than $100,000 worth of damage. The five children charged ranged in ages from nine to 12.

"They bent the frames to an unrepairable fashion," he said. "There's a lot of good people who are trying to do some nice things but obviously there's a number of kids who just fall through the cracks."

Sgt. Emmons says the first solution to that problem starts at home with parents.

"Know where your kids are. Where they are and who they're hanging with on the street."

Two of the four teens have been charged with assault. The others were released into their parents' custody.

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