WASHINGTON – The issue of juvenile delinquency took a disturbing turn in the district this week.
FOX 5 has learned that the 15-year-old, who was arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of Washington Commanders rookie Brian Robinson Jr., is also linked to the October murder of a DC teenager.
Police said 15-year-old Andre Robertson Jr. was murdered Oct. 13 on his grandmother’s Northeast porch. The bullet holes leading to the concrete stairs are still visible.
The shooting took place in the afternoon and right across from a school when children were present.
The Washington Post first reported that a judge in a hearing on Tuesday ordered the 15-year-old suspect arrested and charged with Robertson Jr.’s murder to remain in jail on charges of being linked to another criminal investigation becomes.
The Post reports – and a trusted source confirmed this to FOX 5 – that the other criminal investigation the judge mentioned is the shooting of Robinson Jr.
Robinson Jr. was shot dead on H Street in August.
The 15-year-old suspect was one of two teenagers arrested earlier this month in connection with the shooting and attempted robbery of the professional footballer. Police did not connect the 15-year-old to any other criminal investigation when announcing his arrest. They confirmed that he was indeed 14 years old at the time of the August shooting.
In a phone interview with FOX 5, DC Gun Violence Prevention Director Linda Harllee Harper said that while she can’t comment on specific crimes, city leaders are absolutely concerned about the youthful trend they’re seeing.
Harllee Harper tells FOX 5 that the mayor held a meeting about it this week.
“My heart goes out to the families of the victims of these cases, and it hits even harder knowing that juveniles are involved,” said Harllee Harper. “What I’m going to say is a couple of big buckets that came out [the mayor’s meeting] is that we all agree and know that juveniles need to be held accountable quickly, and we need to look at every single part of our juvenile justice system to ensure that every single stakeholder is doing their part to make that happen.”
FOX 5 asked if this includes a change in juvenile laws. Harllee Harper said city leaders are now investigating every “touch point” or individual agency involved in a youth’s arrest to verify what is being done. A concern was also expressed to ensure that agencies share information.
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Demanding a youth curfew is one law enforcement approach that isn’t being ruled out in talks the police chief and mayor are having, Harlee Harper said. Nothing is off the table.
The 15-year-old suspect is the second teenager arrested in connection with the August shooting and attempted robbery. He, too, is linked to a separate murder.