A 15-year-old girl arrested three weeks ago in St. Paul on charges that she lashed out with a knife at an undercover St. Paul police officer was arrested again on similar charges. The 15-year-old girl held a knife to the throat of a 16-year-old girl, threatened her and stole her purse. The police also charged a 20-year-old woman who was also involved in the robbery. The robbery took place outside a Super USA gas station.
The FBI reported last month that after nearly a decade in which violent-crime rates fell or stabilized throughout the US there was a 2.5% rise last year in violent crimes, which include homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults.
The reasons for rising crime among juveniles include tight local budgets, reduced federal funding for police along with new anti-terrorism duties. These have stretched police departments and led to cuts in community programs for youths. When the economy is booming crime rates are lower. However, with the economy slowing, officials in several cities are tying poverty and financial uncertainty to rising crime, particularly among juveniles. Some of these children are only 10 and 11.
The Minnesotaâ€™s Juvenile Division is ramping up their efforts to reduce a backlog of 500 juvenile arrest warrants that grew after budget cuts forced the closure of the police department’s Juvenile Division in 2001. However, more community involved is needed to keep our kids off the streets and to help prevent crime.