Denton police have charged six teenagers with felony counts of organized criminal activity in connection with an alleged crime spree that began in April.
Police arrested 18-year-old Rodney Young, 17-year-old LaKieth Jones, Jamichael McKeel, Richard Ross and two juveniles. Investigators said the group was arrested shortly after attempting to rob two people at gunpoint.
Investigators said Young and Jones broke into Jenna Wilson's home in April and stole electronics -- and several handguns. Denton police said the guns were then used to commit other crimes, such as burglaries and car thefts.
"They were escalating in their crimes," Officer Ryan Grelle said.
Grelle said the group assaulted a man Friday in the 1500 block of Meadow and, a few minutes later, tried to rob a woman a gunpoint a couple of blocks away.
"She saw the gun pointed at her face," Grelle said. "They stuck the gun through the window, demanding money from her."
Police caught up to some of the suspects as they were fleeing the scene of the second robbery attempt. Investigators said guns stolen from Wilson's home were found in their car.
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Wilson said she was saddened that the suspects are teenagers.
"It just makes me feel bad that our property was used to hurt others," she said.
But Wilson said she thinks the tough charges are warranted.
"Hopefully, this will prevent them from doing this to other families and other people in town," she said.
Young, Jones, McKeel, Ross and the two juveniles face felony charges ranging from organized criminal activity to aggravated robbery. They are all being held in Denton County detention.