Teen’s case waived to adult court

Police: Boy stole sneakers, broke victim’s wrist

GREENFIELD — A 16-year-old that has been charged as an adult could be sent to prison for more than decade if convicted of stealing sneakers from two Greenfield teens after one boy broke his wrist during the robbery, according to court documents.

The two victims told police they arranged online to meet Marquic Campbell-Preston, 4535 Fairhope Drive, Indianapolis, at a Greenfield gas station in April so he could buy two pairs of Adidas-brand Yeezy shoes they had for sale.

When Campbell-Preston arrived, he and two others attacked the victims and stole the shoes they were trying to sell, according to charging documents. One of the victims broke his wrist in the scuffle, leading prosecutors to charge Campbell-Preston as an adult, court documents state.

State statutes permit that juveniles older than 16 can be automatically waived into adult court for certain crimes. Robbery that results in injury falls within those standards.

So far, Campbell-Preston is the only suspect named by police, records show.

The teen was charged last week and ordered to appear in Hancock Circuit Court Monday.

He missed the hearing, and a warrant was been issued for his arrest, records show.

The incident happened on April 15 around 5:30 p.m., police said.

Two local teens told investigators they’d used social media to sell two pairs of shoes, each valued at about $1,200, according to court documents.

They arranged to meet a buyer – another teen they said they’d never met — at the Circle K gas station, 1136 N. State St., in Greenfield.

The teens told police they were waiting in the parking lot when a silver sport-utility vehicle pulled up to them. As they talked with the driver — later identified as Campbell-Preston — two people came from behind the building and jumped them, which detectives say Campbell-Preston had planned, according to court documents.

After taking the shoes, they all fled the area in the same direction, the victims told police.

Three witnesses, as well as security video from the gas station, confirmed the victims’ story, police said.

Investigators used social media and cellphone numbers to track down Campbell-Preston, court documents state. Messages exchanged with the victims show he was the one who arranged the purchase, police said.

When questioned by detectives, Campbell-Preston said he met the victims to purchase the shoes. He said he was talking with them when they were attacked by two men he didn’t know, according to court documents.

Campbell-Preston said he ran away from the area after seeing the boys attacked. He had $1,000 cash on him at the time and didn’t want to be robbed, he told police.

Campbell-Preston now faces a single Level 3 felony count of robbery resulting in bodily injury. The charge carries a penalty of three to 16 years in prison if found guilty.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.