Police: four teens chased victim, taunted him in attempted robbery

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Four teens have been charged after police say they chased a man in the City of Utica in an attempt to hold him down and rob him.

The victim told police that he was walking on Lincoln Ave Monday night when he passed four males on bicycles. The victim said the teens said something sarcastic to him, but that he kept on walking in the direction of a nearby store as the four teens followed behind him.

At one point as the victim continued to walk along the street, he said the four teens were hiding behind some bushes and could be overheard planning for two of the teens to hold the victim down and the other two to rob him. Upon hearing this, the victim then fled and started running toward his residence on Cottage Place.

As the victim ran, police say the four suspects chased him, verbally taunting him the entire way. The victim told police he was able to get into his apartment and lock the door, but that the suspects began pounding on his door and throwing garbage at the door, while threatening to harm him.

Officers arrived to the apartment around 10:40 p.m., gathered a description of the suspects from the victim and located the four suspects on bikes at Varick Street and Sunset Ave. The suspects were identified by the victim, taken into custody and each charged with third-degree attempted robbery.

Those charged were Lyndell Lester, 17; Laronn Linen, 17; Jahmar Jackson, 16; and Williams Monroe, 19, all of Utica.

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