Nine juveniles between the ages of 13 and 16 were arraigned Tuesday on charges that they assaulted and robbed a man and a woman who were waiting for a bus Monday night in Dorchester, authorities said.
Officers responded to the intersection of Erie and Washington streets at about 9:35 p.m. after the woman was able to make her way to a nearby store, police said in a posting on their news blog.
According to police, the woman told them that a lone female juvenile attacked her while she was waiting for the bus. The juvenile allegedly kicked the woman, knocking her into a nearby fence where she collapsed to the ground.
When the woman tried to stand up, she was surrounded by 10 to 15 individuals and was also assaulted by the female suspect again. A male suspect rifled through her purse and stole several items, police said.
At this time, the man intervened, allowing the female victim to escape to a local market where she was able to call for help, police said. But after the woman escaped, the group of juveniles allegedly turned on the man and assaulted him, police said.
The nine juveniles were arrested on charges that included armed robbery, unarmed robbery, assault and battery by a dangerous weapon, and being a disorderly person, police said.
According to the police, the two adult victims declined medical attention at the scene.
The nine were arraigned in the juvenile session of Dorchester Municipal Court. Bails ranging from personal recognizance to $1,000 were set, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said. The defendants were slated to return to court on Aug. 4.Trisha Thadani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.