A 12-year-old was arrested in Bayonne for stealing an electric bike after the owner was assaulted by a group last week, authorities said.
A juvenile, 12, of Bayonne, was charged with robbery on Friday, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
On September 30th at approximately 6:50 p.m., officers responded to 16th Street and Avenue A on a report of a stolen bicycle.
There, the officers met with the victim, who stated that while at the basketball courts in the 16th Street Park, a group of male juveniles began to assault him.
As the victim attempted to leave on his electric bicycle, he encountered another group and realized that some of the individuals were involved in the assault that had just occurred.
While he attempted to avoid the group by riding through Veteran’s Park (adjacent to the fire house), the group surrounded him and demanded that he get off the bike or they would hurt him. The victim complied and 12-year-old took the bike.
The group then fled the area. The resulting investigation undertaken by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau led to the juvenile actor being identified as the juvenile who stole the bicycle and he was charged accordingly, police said.