Sixteen-year-old Nyron Sheldon Hackett is accused of using a gun while leading a robbery and sexual assault on a woman in Powderhorn Park last Thanksgiving Eve -- as the woman's children watched in horror.
From there, police say he and his gang of teenage thugs tried to trap two girls in a nearby garage and rape them.
Now Hackett's learned he's going to be tried as an adult. He faces 11 felony counts: Five of aggravated robbery, four of criminal sexual conduct, and two of kidnapping.[jump]
The mother who was sexually assaulted fought her attackers off before they could turn on her 10-year-old and 13-year-old children. When police came, they followed footprints to a nearby garage where they found the two trapped girls, and arrested Hackett and two 14-year-old boys.
"The mom in the news" later took to e-democracy.org's Powderhorn Park message boards to express thanks for community support, praise police and sound a tone of defiance.
None of us were raped, to the best of my knowledge. Yes, I was sexually assaulted but the girls did manage to fight off the boys and escape before anything happened. I really have a huge repulsion at the labeling of us as victims. I see us as strong and capable of taking charge of our safety.
Another teenager was arrested later. MaCarr Tyree Hill got his name splashed in the headlines before his lawyer argued that he was 15, not 16 years old. He was charged with aggravated robbery and allowed to live with his grandmother with a monitoring device strapped to his ankle. He cut the device off and went missing for a few days in November before surrendering to police.