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Two face robbery, battery charges

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ANN MARIE AMES
February 16, 2009
— One teen was arrested and two referred to juvenile authorities after two of them beat up a younger teen and took his skateboard Saturday night.

A 13-year-old Janesville boy called 911 from behind Jefferson Elementary School, 1831 Mount Zion Ave., just before 7 p.m. Saturday. He reported that a car pulled up to the curb and two teenage boys got out. They demanded his skateboard.


When he refused to give it to them, they punched him five or six times in the head and kicked him in the back before taking the skateboard, according to police reports.


A few minutes later, police pulled over a green Ford Taurus that matched the boy's description of the suspect car at the intersection of Memorial and Manor drives.


According to police reports:


-- The driver, Adam J. Ruud, 17, of 4226 N. River Road, Janesville, was arrested on a charge of being party to robbery. He did not get out of the car during the beating, according to reports.


-- Two 16-year-old boys were referred to juvenile authorities, one on charges of robbery, battery and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and the other on charges of battery and robbery by force.


Two teenage girls were passengers in the car. One of them got out of the car briefly during the incident, according to police.


According to statements made by Ruud and one of the girls, the teens were eating at Wendy's, 1530 Milton Ave., Janesville, when they saw the 13-year-old walk by. The 16-year-olds decided to take his skateboard and "scare" him, the teens told police.


The skateboard was valued at $150 to $200, according to police reports.



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