Kentucky

More charges in case of violence against Amish

State police filed more charges Monday against four juveniles accused of robbing and burglarizing members of the Amish and Mennonite communities in Western Kentucky.

Over several days earlier this month, state police received 10 reports of burglaries and robberies in which two to five males armed with guns took money and, in one instance, a gun, from the Amish and Mennonites. The incidents occurred between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. and each time, the robbers were wearing bandanas or ski masks.

Three reports came from the Fairview area of Todd County and seven reports came from the Pembroke and Oak Grove areas of Christian County.

On Feb. 9, state police arrested three juveniles who were not identified and one adult, Levell M. Washington, 18, of Cerulean, charging them in connection with the crimes. On Feb. 11, a fourth unnamed juvenile was arrested.

Two of the juveniles have been charged with nine counts each of burglary, robbery and wanton endangerment, one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count of fleeing or evading police. All are felonies.

One of the juveniles faces eight felony counts each of robbery, burglary and wanton endangerment and one count of tampering with physical evidence. The fourth juvenile is charged with robbery, burglary, wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and fleeing or evading police, all felonies.

The four juveniles are being held in the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center.

Washington, who was taken to the Christian County Detention Center, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree robbery. State police said other charges against him are expected.

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