7 juveniles arrested in Knoxville mall attack & robbery with cars stolen from TN Valley
Seven teens, aged between 13 and 16 years old, have been arrested after an attack and robbery at a Knoxville shopping mall.
The teens were driving vehicles believed to have been stolen from Chattanooga and north Georgia.
The two victims, a 26-year-old male and a 20-year-old female, told police that they had been assaulted and robbed about 9:45pm Saturday night at Knoxville's West Town Mall.
The man told police that he had been shopping at West Town Mall when he was attacked with punches and kicks and then robbed by between six and eight younger males. The woman attempted to intervene and was attacked and robbed as well. Both victims suffered minor injuries.
Four of the teens were taken into custody after officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office saw them leave a Hyundai Genesis in the parking lot of nearby Walgreen’s. They were arrested at a Taco Bell down the street from the store.
Two of the other juvenile suspects were then seen driving in a pickup truck spotted earlier following the Hyundai Genesis out of the West Town Mall by KCSO deputies. KCSO performed a traffic stop on that pickup truck, a Chevy Silverado, and took the two suspects into custody.
Police say the seventh and final suspect was taken into custody after he was observed running away from where the Hyundai Genesis had been abandoned. Both the Hyundai Genesis and the Chevy Silverado were reported stolen out of the Chattanooga and Soddy-Daisy area.
All seven suspects were positively identified by the two victims; two of the suspects were found to have active warrants out of Hamilton County.