SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse police confirm to NewsChannel 9, that the 8-year-old in a viral video that got national attention was issued a juvenile appearance ticket for stealing another child’s bicycle Thursday night.
A police spokesperson tells NewsChannel 9 that the call went out for an armed robbery with a knife on Grumbach Avenue around 7:00 p.m. The 8-year-old is accused of threatening the other child on the bike and stealing it. No knife was seen. He was reportedly with his other siblings. They were not charged. The 8-year-old will now have to appear in family court.
The 8-year-old was captured on video Sunday afternoon April 18 being put into the back seat of a Syracuse Police cruiser after being accused of stealing a bag of chips.
Police brought the child and his bicycle back to his home and spoke with his father. The 8-year-old was not charged in that incident.