The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office this week charged a ten-year old boy with aggravated assault and other offenses in connection with a violent home invasion in the city’s Juniata section.
The juvenile, whose name has not been released by authorities, was allegedly the ringleader of a three-kid crew where the accomplices are ages 9 and 7. The boy, who was turned in by his mother, was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, robbery, theft, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and related offenses.
The crime took place on Monday afternoon, and the victim was a 51-year-old neighbor who was beaten with sticks, a rope and a plunger before being robbed of $20. Police are still looking for the other suspects, but won’t be able to criminally charge them because they are so young.
Reputed mobster pleads guilty
In an unrelated criminal investigation, an alleged member of the Philadelphia mob pleaded guilty to racketeering and other federal charges.
Martin Angelina, 50, pleaded guilty in connection with an alleged racketeering conspiracy involving loan sharking and illegal gambling. Angelina, the reputed underboss, admitted in federal court that he attempted to collect payments related to loans by using extortion and allegedly operated an illegal video poker machine business. Angelina was among 14 alleged mob members and associates charged with racketeering conspiracy, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, witness tampering and theft.