Knifepoint confrontation leads to robbery charges for teens

Updated 2:30 p.m. Two 16-year-old boys face robbery charges for confronting a man with a knife and demanding he hand over his possessions late Tuesday, Medford police reported.

The 27-year-old man was walking back to an apartment in the 200 block of Cottage Street from the Minute Market at 610 E. Main St. at about 9:55 p.m. Tuesday when three teens confronted him in an alley behind the apartment, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

The teens, who had just got out of a blue Cadillac, showed a knife and told the man this was a robbery and he should empty his pockets for them, Budreau said. The man ignored them and kept walking. He went inside, but the teens threw a beer bottle at the house.

He went back outside, where they continued with threats and taunts that the man described to police as "talking gangster." Additional neighbors came out to see what the commotion was about.

"It was a good show of force by the neighbors," Budreau said. "(The teens) weren't going to leave this victim alone until they realized they were outnumbered."

The boys ran away, but officers caught up with three teens nearby. Witnesses identified the two 16 year olds as being involved in the confrontation. They couldn't positively identify the third boy, but officials found that he was wanted on a warrant linking him to a burglary case. All three were lodged at the Jackson County juvenile detention center, Budreau said.

Budreau explained that any theft or attempted theft by use or threat of force is considered a robbery under state law.

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