CHESTERFIELD, VA April 20 2017
A wild night for a group of teens last week ended with them all facing a slew of criminal charges including grand larceny, assaulting a police officer, and firearms violations.
According to the Chesterfield Police Department, at around 1 a.m. Friday an officer was sitting in an unmarked vehicle in the 5600 block of Burnage Court when he noticed another car pull up behind him.
Police say a group of people got out of the vehicle and approached the officer’s car. Then one person tried to break in while the police officer was sitting inside.
"Crazy. Kind of stupid on their part," said Torie Shirley.
Shirley and her family have lived on Harold Green Road for three years. She said the neighborhood is very family friendly, and she's never felt uneasy about letting her kids walk around alone, until now.
"So many police officers live in this neighborhood, so you feel really safe," she said. "To hear that, (it) was shocking and surprising."
Chesterfield police say the group of teens were allegedly going through cars parked on Herald Green Drive and Dunroming Road. Police say cash and a gun was taken from the vehicles.
Police say the officer who encountered the teens called for backup, and the suspects ran off, but were arrested shortly thereafter.
According to Chesterfield Police, 18-year-old Alberto Moore is charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, tampering with auto, and fleeing from law enforcement.
Jonathan Starks, who is also 18, is facing a similar slew of charges, in addition to assault on law enforcement. Police say Starks struck an officer.
Three 17-year-old males are charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, tampering with auto, fleeing from law enforcement, and breaking curfew.
One teen is also facing a concealed weapon violation, and a charge for possession of a firearm by a minor. Another is facing a charge for wearing a mask in public.
“I'm just glad they finally got them and thank you to the cop that was sitting in his car," said Shirley.