NELSONVILLE, Ohio – An Ohio seventh-grader was being held Thursday on 128 felony counts in connection with a crime spree that targeted homes, businesses and vehicles.
Andrew Riley was in juvenile detention and facing delinquency counts of burglary, theft, vandalism and witness intimidation.
“There are dozens of victims,” Prosecuting Attorney David Warren said.
Riley is accused of breaking into homes, businesses and vehicles, as well as assaulting a witness — a fellow student who went to police with information, officials said.
“Unfortunately he had a very severe beating," Warren said of the victim, another 13-year-old who attends the same school.
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Full Brooks Cafe was one of Riley's targets, Assistant Prosecutor Keller Blackburn told The Ohio News Network. Owner Miki Brooks said the restaurant has been robbed twice.
"It sort of took all the air out of me the first time," Brooks said. "The second time, I couldn't believe it."
According to his stepfather, Riley has had a difficult childhood.
"He's our first born and he's been through a lot," James Blake told The Ohio News Network.
The Athens County prosecutor said he has never encountered a juvenile facing so many charges at such a young age. The prosecutor said he plans to proceed with all the cases in hopes of getting restitution for victims.
A pretrial hearing was scheduled for later this month.
"He's so young," Blackburn said. "We need to try and get him rehabilitated through the system."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.