3 teens robbed at gunpoint while walking to school

3 teens robbed at gunpoint while walking to school

Three teenagers were robbed at gunpoint while walking to school on the far east side of the valley.

There were two separate attacks that happened within days of each other.

Both incidents took place in a neighborhood near Lake Mead and Hollywood on the far east side of Las Vegas.

Fourteen-year-old Blake Barnes told News 3 he was tackled right down the street from his own home.

The robber attacked the eighth-grader around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning as he walked to O'Callaghan Middle School.

The attacker wanted the teenager's cell phone.

Barnes knew something was wrong when he realized a driver in a white car was following him.

“It's not every day you see a car slowly going up to you,” Barnes said.

What happened next left the teenager shaken.

“The car door opens and the guy comes sprinting out of it. I turn around and sprint back, I run to a house nearby and scream so someone could hear me. He tackles me and puts me on the ground and tells me to give up my phone,” he said.

The quick-thinking teenager gave up his cell phone.

“Then after that, I see a gun in his hand, his right hand,” he continued.

Barnes said he knew exactly what to do because of his parents.

“I'd rather bury the cost of a phone than bury my child,” said Steve Barnes, Blake's father.

He said a similar attack happened last Friday.

The Clark County School District confirmed two kids from the same school were robbed of a cell phone as they walked to class.

In the most recent case, surveillance video could pinpoint a suspect. The bad guy’s car was captured on a home security camera. He was driving a white Kia Soul.

“It's sickening. It's hurtful,” said Steve Barnes.

His 14-year-old son has a message for the bad guy.

“Why would you rob a 14-year-old or someone younger than you? How would your parents feel if they saw you doing that?” Barnes asked.

If you saw what happened or know who the attacker or attackers might be, call CrimeStoppers at 702-385-5555.

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