COLUMBIA — Five juveniles were arrested early Thursday after two men told police they were lured to Parkade Elementary School, beaten and robbed.
Columbia police said the two men, 18 and 20 years old, received a call from a friend seeking a ride from an area near the school. When the two arrived shortly after 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, a group of five or six appeared, but none was the friend in question.
One of the perpetrators held a handgun and demanded money. They rest stole items from the car, including skateboards and a camera.
The 18-year-old victim was struck in the head with a skateboard, and the other victim was hit with a fist and the handgun. The perpetrators also smashed a car window.
The victims were able to identify a member of the group, and police found him at 1 a.m. at his home on Parkade Boulevard. Four additional suspects were also at the residence.
All five juveniles are male, one 15 and the rest 16. An additional suspect is still being sought. All live in Columbia.
They were arrested on charges of robbery, assault, armed criminal action and property damage.