By Luke Lavoie, firstname.lastname@example.org
2:25 PM EDT, August 29, 2013
Seven North Laurel teenagers have been arrested and charged in connection with the assault and robbery of a Columbia teen earlier this month, according to Howard County Police.
Charged with first- and second-degree assault, robbery, theft and reckless endangerment are:
According to the Howard County Public School System's policy on students charged with community or reportable offenses, if it is determined that students charged with reportable offenses (which include first-degree assault) or their presence in schools "(have) a direct effect on the order and the general welfare of the schools, the students will be assigned to alternative educational placements and/or disciplined. The final disposition of a student’s case may impact the student’s educational status in the public school system."
Those alternative educational placements include evening school, the Homewood Center or the system's home and hospital program.
As of Thursday afternoon, according to school officials, three of the four teenagers still enrolled in the system have been assigned to evening school.
Police said the 16-year-old victim was walking near Hayshed Lane and Yellowrose Court in Columbia at about 10 a.m. on Aug. 2 when he was approached by a group of teenagers in a black SUV.
Police said the teens exited the car and began punching him and stomping him and then allegedly stole his iPhone and cash. The victim suffered a broken jaw and was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has since been released, police said.
Through investigation, police identified Abraham, who drives a 2003 black Ford Explorer, as a possible suspect. Additional evidence, which police would not release citing an ongoing investigation, led to the arrest of the six other suspects.
Staff writer Sara Toth contributed to this report.
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