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Bike trail attackers caught: Kid crooks terrorized local cyclists with violent robberies

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Since May, riders have been knocked from their bikes, beaten with bricks or rocks and subsequently robbed. MountainBikeChuck.blogspot.com
gang member boys arrested in Columbia Tap Rail to Trail attacks bike route September 2013
Nine juveniles have been arrested in connection to more than 20 robberies along the Columbia Tap Trail. Photo courtesy of KHOU Houston/Channel 11
John Preston was beaten and robbed by a group of young thugs while riding on the Columbia Tap Bike Trail
John Preston suffered a broken collar bone after an attack this summer. Photo courtesy of KHOU Houston/Channel 11
Columbia Tap Rail to Rail bike trail
gang member boys arrested in Columbia Tap Rail to Trail attacks bike route September 2013
John Preston was beaten and robbed by a group of young thugs while riding on the Columbia Tap Bike Trail

After an extensive investigation, the Houston Police Department arrested nine juveniles, including a 10-year-old boy, in connection with a series brutal robberies and assaults along a busy bicycle trail.

Since May, more than 20 riders have been knocked from their bikes, beaten with bricks or rocks and subsequently robbed on the Columbia Tap Trail — a four-mile hike and bike circuit that connects the Third Ward with downtown Houston. A number of victims were threatened with guns.

Police spokesperson Jodi Silva confirms for CultureMap that, in spite of initial rumors, the incidents had no official ties to any Houston-area gangs. 

"Some said it was just fun, others said they needed the money," HPD captain Glenn Yorek told reporters. "They needed the money to eat. They needed the money for tennis shoes."

The suspects, each aged 16 and under, were taken into custody on Tuesday from various locations. All but the youngest were referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation Department on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. The 10-year-old faces allegations of robbery.

Watch the full KHOU Ch. 11 report:

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