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Teens arrested for crime spree on local bike trail

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Hannah Ruth knows the terror you can face on the Columbia bike trail in the 3rd Ward.

Ruth says, "someone tried to push me off my bike the other day tried to steal my bike so I've experienced it."

Hannah is not alone....Houston police say at least 20 people have been attacked and robbed on and around the trail since mid may.

"It's frightening since especially since these trails are my mode of transportation," says Ruth.

But investigators say that reign of terror is now over on the path.

Captain Glen Yorek says his gang unit moved in on the young suspects this week. Yorek says, "after a two month long investigation we were able to arrest 9 juvenile suspects at local schools in the area for such things as engaging in organized crime and robbery. "

What is so surprising about the arrests is that all the suspects range in ages from 10 to 16 years old.

Investigators say they were an actual organized gang with structure and sometimes using a gun...Police say the young thieves were after bikes, wallets, and cell phones.

"These were very brutal robberies where the suspects would confront people on bikes and knock them to the ground, " says Yorek.

Those who work and live in the third ward are glad to the adolescent gang is off the streets... but believe it or not some are not surprised by their ages.

"They start out young and it's a routine everyday thing so I'm not surprised by nothing that goes on."

Ruth says, "I hope that someone reaches out for the boys because I think this is a cry for help thatpoloceatI think this is."

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