JENNIFER LINN - STAFF WRITER
Thursday, March 19, 2009
A 14-year-old Saginaw boy has been charged with strong-arm robbery and assault in juvenile court after he pushed a woman and broke her cell phone while taking a walk naked with a large white poodle in Hart Township Monday, police say.
Lt. Craig Mast of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office said a 14-year-old youth walked away from a youth behavioral treatment facility Monday morning, stripped down, and was with a “giant” white poodle when he approached a woman working in her yard just after 11:30 a.m. Monday in the area of Oceana Drive and Lake Road.
“The young naked man approached her with this poodle, and she immediately realized something peculiar,” Mast said.
When the woman asked the boy if he was all right, he told her some statements that didn’t make much sense, Mast said. The boy said his mother had kicked him out of her home in the Saginaw area.
When the woman, 53, of Hart Township, got out her cell phone to call for help for the boy, he assaulted her, pushing her in the upper chest, and took her phone. He fled the scene and broke the phone in half, the sheriff’s office stated.
The woman went to a neighbor’s house and called 911.
Deputies responded to the victim and shortly afterwards they located the boy near Oceana Drive and Lake Road in Hart Township near the American Legion Hall.
Mast said when dispatch gave information about the boy, deputies had an idea of who they were looking for because he had shown up naked along a roadway a few days earlier. He was picked up by a reserve officer and brought back to the placement facility after that incident.
He was taken into protective custody Monday and has since been moved to a more secure facility out of the area.
The boy is being charged with strong-arm robbery and assault and battery as a juvenile through the 10th Circuit Court in Saginaw.
Mast said because the boy is a juvenile he is referred back to his jurisdiction of residence, which is where the incident for his original charges occurred.
The name of the suspect and past charges were not released.
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