Teens arrested in Homewood for throwing rocks at cops

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Two 15-year-old boys were arrested this afternoon for throwing rocks at city police officers who had arrived in Homewood to disperse a crowd of as many as 80 rowdy teens.

Police from the Highland Park station were called to Frankstown and North Homewood avenues just after noon for a large fight and found the teenagers blocking the street and ignoring officers commands to leave.

An officer saw three teens standing in a lot near the crowd, yelling and laughing, when one of them picked up a softball-sized rock and threw it at the officer, police said, nearly striking him in the head. The other two teens also grabbed rocks and threw them at the officer, narrowly missing him again.

Police chased the teens down Zenith Way toward Hamilton Avenue, capturing one of them at Homewood and Kelly Street. Officers searching the area stopped a second teen in the 7200 block of Frankstown. Police are still looking for the third.

The teens, whose names police did not release because they are juveniles, were charged with aggravated assault. They are from Homewood and Wilkinsburg and attend Westinghouse High School.

Sadie Gurman: sgurman@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878.


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