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2 teen girls rob 7-Eleven at knifepoint

Posted at 6:29 AM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 00:07:28-04
Two juveniles robbed a 7-Eleven at knifepoint near Pecos Road and Washington Avenue.
Around midnight, two female juveniles, one with a knife, told the clerk to open the register. One juvenile took an undisclosed amount of cash, while the other took merchandise off the shelves. Both fled the store.
The juvenile without the knife was taken into police custody. The other ran into a neighborhood east of the business and got away.

13 Action News Crime & Safety Expert Randy Sutton said young people are committing more crimes.

"These kids are becoming very, very saavy, to the criminal justice system, how to use it, how to abuse it, and never face the consequences," he said.

Sutton said part of the blame falls on parents but also gangs and social media.

One thing that has become more prevalent on social media is video of fights on campuses, which could lead to more violence.

"Girls are capable of tremendously violent acts," Sutton said.

Pastor Troy Martinez, of the 10,000 Kids Partnership, said the violence is "very alarming." He used to be in a gang and now works with troubled kids.

Martinez said busy parents, bored children and no school is the perfect storm.

Martinez often is the first at the hospital after a gang shooting, urging members to choose peace.

"Me and my wife take this very personally because we the damage and destruction, we've seen loved ones that are murdered," he said.