Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Two Teen-Agers Charged in Attack on Donors People Bearing Holiday Gifts Robbed, Shot

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Two Teen-Agers Charged in Attack on Donors People Bearing Holiday Gifts Robbed, Shot

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Two teen-agers accused of terrorizing a group of do-gooders and then abducting a woman a few blocks away have been arrested and charged.

On Tuesday, two people in a group delivering gifts to a needy family in the 4000 block of McRee Avenue were shot; one was slightly injured.

The incidents began about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, when five people arrived in the inner-city neighborhood with carloads of gifts. They were robbed before two of them were shot.

Shortly afterward, a neighborhood woman was abducted in her car, robbed, fondled, then let out. Sometime later, her car was found abandoned, and the two teen-agers were caught by two police officers.

Donald Hutson, 18, of the 4700 block of Thrush Avenue, and Bobby L. Bostic, 16, of the 4100 block of Blaine Avenue were charged Wednesday with 18 felony counts apiece. The charges include robbery, assault, sexual abuse and kidnapping.

Bostic was charged as an adult because he already had been certified as an adult on a previous unrelated drug charge.

"It was really a bad night," said Leslie Harding, 40, one of five people delivering a sofa, a Christmas tree, household items and other donations to a needy family on McRee. The family - a man rearing three children - was one of the Post-Dispatch's 100 NEEDIEST CASES.

"We're upset that no one warned us that it was a bad neighborhood," Harding said. "We had no clue. Later, the police said we were stupid."

Police gave this account:

Harding, two other women and two men were accosted by a pair of young gunmen as they were getting out of their vehicles on McRee, about 5:30 p.m. The gunmen demanded money.

One of the male victims, Chris A. Pezzimenti, 26, surrendered $500, and one of the gunmen shot him in the side. Pezzimenti's winter clothing slowed down the bullet, which broke the skin but didn't penetrate.

The other male victim, Leo J. …

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