The theft incident happened around 10:00 p.m. According to officials, the suspects attacked a 15-year-old boy while he was riding a hoverboard along Franklin Street in Bloomfield, NJ.
The suspects allegedly surrounded the victim and then violently assaulted him, with one of the suspects reportedly punching the victim in the face.
When the victim defended himself against his attackers and fended off the attempted theft of his hoverboard, the suspects fled the scene on foot.
The victim dialed 911 and notified the Bloomfield Police Department, which immediately sent police officers to the scene. Police soon located the suspects standing around the intersection of Watsessing Avenue and Berkeley Avenue in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Police then searched the suspects and allegedly found a cell phone that had been reported stolen during a robbery in Belleville, NJ.
Two of the suspects are 19 years old, so they face criminal charges. After being arrested and processed, they were remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark. Meanwhile, the other suspects were taken to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center because they are juveniles.
All five suspects are said to be from Newark, New Jersey.
The two adult suspects have been charged with second degree robbery and aggravated assault. If they are convicted on the most serious robbery charges, they could potentially be sentenced to as many as 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “5 Charged After Bloomfield Teen Fends off Hoverboard Robbery.”