The Franconia Police District reports that a 13-year-old Annandale resident was charged with extortion, gang recruitment, and gang participation March 3 after he allegedly made threats against another teen and his family. The boy, a student at Poe Middle School, allegedly ordered another student to give him money, and “made a series of threats of bodily harm and violence” if the victim refused to pay, the police report.
The incident “appeared to have stemmed from a dispute within a group of students gathered together in their Annandale-area neighborhood after school one afternoon,” the police state. “Subsequently, the suspect reportedly told the victim he would be provided ‘protection’ if he joined the suspect’s gang. The victim also was reportedly told that the price of membership was $500 and if he did not provide the cash on deadline, the victim’s father would be killed.”
“School officials worked closely with police to investigate the allegations which encompassed the attempted recruitment of four students into an existing gang. Gang unit detectives later determined that the student was acting alone and there were no direct ties to any organized gang,” the police say.