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Teens indicted for allegedly trying to kill priest over chicken eggs

Posted at 3:25 PM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 15:25:58-04

Three teens are facing attempted murder charges in connection with a robbery where they tried to take chicken eggs from a Cleveland priest at gunpoint, according to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office.

Kenitra Robinson, 18, and two 16-year-olds have been charged with attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

The alleged robbery happened on December 12, according to the prosecutor's office.

Authorities say the victim, a 65-year-old priest from St. Mary's Church in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood, was gathering eggs from the church's chicken coop when he was approached by several teens. 

Police say the priest had just grabbed some eggs from the coop when one of the teens came up to him and said, "Give me the eggs."

The priest tried to run but tripped and fell. At that moment, one of the teens fired several shots, missing all three times, authorities said.

Police made multiple arrests the next day.

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Two of the teen's cases were then bound over from juvenile court to be tried as adults.

Robinson and both 16-year-olds are scheduled to appear in Cuyahoga County court on April 12, at 8:30 a.m.

“When young people terrorize our citizens and commit crimes with firearms, they will go through the adult system,” said prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “This attempted murder shook the foundation of our county and they will be held accountable.”