SEMINOLE (FOX 13) - Five teens in Pinellas County are now facing charges for their part in a brutal beating that happened earlier this month, deputies said.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a 17-year-old boy went to Boca Ciega Millennium Park on March 17 to meet a girl he knew. The girl said she wanted to hang out, but when the victim arrived she wasn't alone and what happened next was anything but friendly. Detectives say four other boys were with her waiting to jump the unsuspecting teen.
The sheriff's office said the teens weren't just trying to beat up the 17-year-old, they said he had something on him that they wanted. Though they only robbed the boy of about $10 in cash, the teens also made off with the victim's gold necklace and a medallion, which detectives say is worth about $1,500.
"These kids knew this medallion was worth a lot of money use it as a motive to bring this young man to the park so they could steal that medallion. It's unfortunate that young people are making such poor choices but they're going to pay the consequences," said Pinellas Sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Dan DiFrancesco.
One of the boys accused of taking part in the beating is just 15 years old. Because of their ages, deputies aren't releasing the names of two underage teens arrested, including the girl, who, deputies say, set the trap. Deputies also arrested 19-year-old Jordan Wilson, 18-year-old Trevor Ahern and 18-year-old Dakota Mohr.
All five teens are facing strong arm robbery charges.