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14-Year-Old Charged as Adult After Night of Robberies, Shooting Puts Victim in Hospital

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Desmond Nguyen, fourteen.
Things keep getting worse for the band of four south-city teenagers who spent a recent Sunday night racking up a lifetime's worth of criminal charges.

When police first arrested Jayven Moose, eighteen; Kevin Dang, seventeen; and Justin Campbell, seventeen; on suspicion of shooting a random woman in the neck, fourteen-year-old Desmond Nguyen, of the 4600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, was scurried off to the juvenile authorities.

But on Wednesday, the Circuit Attorney's Office issued warrants for Nguyen as an adult for first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. Nguyen is held on a $200,000 cash-only bond.

See also: Four Teens Charged After South City Shooting, Robbery Spree Puts Victim in Hospital

Police say the four teens shot a woman in the 5300 block of S. Broadway at 11 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, striking her in the neck and sending her to the hospital.

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Jayven Moose, eighteen, and Kevin Dang, seventeen.
The woman was able to describe the teens' gray van, and police quickly found the teens in a car matching the victim's description with two guns inside.

Police were able to pin three additional crimes on the teens based on their investigation: a shooting into an empty house in the 7000 block of Trainor Court, a robbery in the 3600 block of Neosho Street and property damage at Keokuk Street and Spring Avenue.

Nguyen's charges aren't as severe as his counterparts'. Here's what the three older teens are facing:

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Justin Campbell, 17.
Justin Campbell, seventeen, of the 6600 block of Alabama Avenue, faces eleven counts of armed criminal action, eight counts of aiding and abetting a person shooting a firearm, two counts of first-degree assault and a count of first-degree robbery.

Kevin Dang, seventeen, of the 2900 block of Hereford Street, also faces eleven counts of armed criminal action, eight counts of aiding and abetting a person shooting a firearm, two counts of first-degree assault and a count of first-degree robbery.

Jayven Moose, eighteen, of the 6100 block of Virginia Avenue, faces eight counts of armed criminal action and eight counts of shooting a firearm from a car at a person, car or building.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Cody Watt
Cody Watt

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mrmichael1
mrmichael1

Whatever the reasons, causes or excuses given for this behavior, they really don't matter.  Can anyone really think it's "ok" to act this way regardless of how shitty your life is or how bad your parents are?  It's really NEVER ok to ride down the street and shoot at people...everybody got that?  Good.


Jeff Sass
Jeff Sass

Where did the guns come from. None of those kids can legally purchase one.

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals"

Mark Rice
Mark Rice

he will make a nice wife in prisom

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling

I like how one of their names is "Kevin Dang."

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

throw his ass in jail along with his parents.

mtbmaster
mtbmaster

@mrmichael1  Agreed. For example, my mother yelled me at once when I was 4 for stealing a cookie from the cookie jar. When I was 24, I raped 100 women, killed 500 people, and hijacked 340 planes*. I was appalled when the judge sentenced me, even after I told him about the Cookie Jar Incident.


DOESN'T HE UNDERSTAND!? I GOT YELLED AT WHEN I WAS FOUR YEARS OLD! I WAS TRAUMATIZED! 


*I didn't really do any of these acts. This was merely hyperbole used to make a point. 

mtbmaster
mtbmaster

That question is not material to this case. Guns have NOTHING to do with what happened here. What we should be looking at is the manufacturer of the gray van, and the previous owner(s) of the van who sold it to these hoodlums. We should then draft laws that allow police to prosecute the previous 10 owners of any vehicle used by a criminal to commit a criminal act. That is sound policy. Guns have nothing to do with crime. Getaway cars, on the other hand, are the scourge of all inner cities. 


Let's ban together and rid the world of getaway cars, especially gray vans. 


Regards, 

Jim Porter

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