The 'disturbing' crime trend that has police concerned -

The 'disturbing' crime trend that has police concerned

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( - St. Louis Police are calling a recent string of violent crimes committed by young teenagers “disturbing”.

In recent weeks, there are three different crimes carried out by groups of teenagers, most of the suspects are 15-years-old or younger.

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“It's kind of a whole new arena for the downtown area and just in general,” said Capt. Daniel Howard with St. Louis Police.

Police say a group of girls robbed and beat up two woman on Washington and Pine Avenue. The girls taken into custody were ages 12, 13 and 14. The 13 year old is pregnant. Another girl involved with the robberies was able to get away from police.

Read: Girls, ages 12, 13 and 14, arrested for downtown St. Louis robberies

“I don't know where we are in society when we have a group of 13-year-old female juveniles committing violent robberies,” said Howard.

Monday, a 32-year-old man was beat up by a group of teenagers in school uniforms. Police said the man’s eye sockets were shattered during the attack. Thursday, police made an arrest of one juveniles in the case and are working on making other arrests.

Read: Arrest made after group of teens rob, assault man in downtown, police say

Last week, three teenage boys, ages 13, 14 and 15 were arrested after allegedly breaking into a Dogtown home.

“It kind of goes back to the parents a little bit and wonder what their home structure is like,” said Amber Jennings, a downtown St. Louis resident. “So it is very unfortunate that they are that young.”  

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