CHILD CRIMINALS IN BALTIMORE | "Parents, grandparents... get a hold of these violent kids"
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Lately, it doesn't matter if you're a man or woman, walking down a city street or sitting on a city bus.
They've all become victims of violent teenage attackers.
"Today's violent juvenile offender is robbing people, assaulting people and carjacking people," said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
On the front lines, there's a new round of anger.
The crimes are growing larger, and the criminals are growing younger.
Police blame children as young as 10 for the recent spike in adult crime.
Police said Thursday morning, a man dropped his child off at a school, was walking back to his vehicle when he was pinned by a suspect vehicle against his car. The victim tried to run away when police say the suspects chased him, beat him up and took his car.
Police say two suspect vehicles were involved in the incident. While officers were looking for the vehicles involved in the carjacking as well as the victim's car that was taken. Baltimore County Police found four juveniles in a car matching the description, one was 10 years old.
All of the juveniles in that car were taken into custody by Baltimore County detectives.
City Police say the NW District for 2017 leads the city in carjackings.
Of the cases that have been closed by making arrests, 68% of those arrests, have been juveniles.
The police commissioner says laws need to grow tougher and the justice system needs to grow stronger.
Detailing the cases of one unnamed 16-year-old offender, Commissioner Davis says the teen has been arrested ten times since 2015.
"We know who these kids are and we're locking them up."
Davis continued, "The fact that they are out here doing it again and again and again is indicative of a broken juvenile justice system. "
Thursday, city leaders called on parents to gain control of their out-of-control children.
"Parents, must look in the mirror," said T.J. Smith, spokesman for the City Police Department.
"If they're on this trajectory as juveniles, that same trajectory is going to exist as an adult," said Smith.