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Charges filed against 2 Green Bay teens for random attacks


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Police in Green Bay say four teens committed violent crimes against random people on the city's west side last week.

According to the department, two people were punched off their bikes and robbed in separate incidents. 

Two of those teens who are now charged admitted to the crimes and were not shy with authorities on what happened, court documents show.

“They just chose particular targets and then assaulted them,” Capt. Bill Bongle of the Green Bay Police Department tells FOX 11.

Police say the first incident took place a week-and-a-half ago on Shawano Avenue when a 16-year-old boy riding his bike home from work was punched in the nose and robbed of his wallet and iPhone.

About four hours later, a 57-year-old man had his bike stolen from him on Velp Avenue after he was punched off of it. 

Then on Monday, an 18-year-old man confronted three teens after having rocks thrown at his vehicle. The teens punched the man, but he chased them away with a wrench.

“He was able to fend off the attack and notified the police and within minutes our officers were in the area, and they were able to apprehend four young people,” said Bongle.

The four teens range in age from 15 to 19-years-old. 18-year-olds Demonte Ayers and Thornton White appeared in court Wednesday.

According to court documents, both men admitted to the crimes. White swore when he described one incident to police, saying the group “beat his (expletive) and took his (expletive). White also said “the kid should have picked another way home.”

“This is unusual and this is why it caught people’s attention, because it doesn’t happen all the time,” said Bongle.

Bongle believes the neighborhoods where these attacks happened are safe, and he doesn’t think similar attacks will happen in the future.

Ayers is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. White is being held on a $25,000 cash bond. Both are due back in court in a week.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)