Group of children assaults 12-year-old trick-or-treaters

Saturday, November 1, 2008 | 10:21 a.m. CDT; updated 1:18 p.m. CDT, Saturday, November 1, 2008

COLUMBIA — Two 12-year-olds were assaulted Friday night by six or seven male children who wanted their Halloween candy, according to a Columbia police news release.

The two boys were approached by the suspects — whom the children described as being about 9 to 11 years old — while walking in the 4200 block of Baurichter Drive, according to the release.

Police said the assault began when one suspect threw a rock and struck one of the boys in the head, demanding the victims' Halloween candy. The suspects then hit one of the boys in the head with a BB gun and punched him in the face, knocking out a tooth. The other boy was struck in the head with an unknown object, causing minor injury.

But the two hung onto their candy and ran to a nearby house, where the resident called police. According to the release, the victims' guardians declined medical attention for them.

The suspects were wearing tank tops or sleeveless T-shirts; two wore backpacks on their chests, police said. They ran away before police arrived.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.

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Ray Shapiro November 1, 2008 | 4:11 p.m.

Is nothing sacred?
May the "Diabetes God" and "Godess of Tooth Decay" avenge these two victims of violent Halloween crimes.
If this "baby gang of thugs" don't get caught for their physical assault today, on innocent 12 years olds, maybe their parents will read about them being shot to death, when they're old enough to rob a liquor store...

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