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Juveniles accused in multiple armed robberies

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Five juveniles are accused of committing multiple armed robberies. Two of them are 14, two are 15 and one is 16 years old.

“It seemed as if the smaller one was kind of calling the shots,” Madison Schumacher said.

Prosecutors believe one of the 14-year-olds was the ring leader. He and another juvenile are accused of stealing a car back in March and then wrecking it.

Both were seriously hurt and taken to Children’s Hospital. According to court records, the alleged 14-year-old ring leader was released from the hospital before the NOPD was notified. Days later, prosecutors said that same teen and one of the other defendants carjacked Schumacher in front of Holy Cross School as she waited in the carpool line. She said she remembers the youngest boy had the gun pointed at her as she stepped out of the car.

“He’s still yelling curse words, saying, 'You need to move. Do you think I’m paying? You think I won’t shoot you?' And that’s when he cocked the gun back and put it in my face. That’s when reality set in,” Schumacher said.

Schumacher said she was in front of her car as the young armed robbers pulled away, and she jumped on the hood to avoid getting run over. She eventually fell off, and luckily wasn’t hurt.

The next day, another alleged victim was putting a car seat in her vehicle at 6 a.m. in front of her Gentilly home when prosecutors say the same 14-year-old walked up with a gun and demanded her car.

Right now, the teen suspect is on probation for an armed robbery he committed when he was 13. The district attorney’s office is not requesting that he be transferred to the adult court for prosecution. The DA’s office is also deciding whether they’ll transfer the two 15-year-olds and the 16-year-old to adult court.

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