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Teen robbery suspect enters best interest plea

Teen robbery suspect enters best interest plea
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A teenager charged in a recent robbery at a Union City home entered a best interest plea Tuesday in juvenile court.
The 17-year-old juvenile was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnap-ping, aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000 in connection with a robbery that occurred in late May on East Church Street in Union City.
The teen appeared Tuesday in Obion County Juvenile Court and his case was not transferred to adult court. He instead entered a best interest plea on all charges and was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence with the Department of Children’s Services, accord-ing to authorities.
The sentence could ex-tend until the juvenile’s 19th birthday if DCS believes he has not fulfilled his obligation, Union City Police investigator Derrick O’Dell told The Messenger.
The juvenile, whose name was not disclosed by police, was arrested May 29 on charges stemming from the May 28 robbery of Saturnino Hipolito and Tosha L. Boone at a residence on East Church Street.
After the incident, Union City police reported Hipolito, 38, told police he was sitting on his porch using a laptop computer when two black males walked up from the street. One stood behind a tree, while the other asked for a cigarette. As soon as the one was given a cigarette, he allegedly pulled out a pistol and stuck it to Hipolito’s head, demanding money.
The suspect reportedly took Hipolito into the home and woke Ms. Boone, demanding her money as well, police said. In the meantime, the second suspect allegedly entered the house and removed the couple’s television. The intruders allegedly took a Sanyo 46-inch flat screen television, a Toshiba laptop computer, an LG Optimus cell phone, a wallet with $20 cash and $5 cash.
The television and computer were later found by a police investigator in the back of a truck parked in the parking lot of the same housing complex where the incident occurred.
The second suspect was not identified.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 6.19.13

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