CINCINNATI, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old boy led a gang of violent thieves, all of them older, police in Cincinnati say.
The boy, three teenagers and Tony Edwards, 18, of Colerain have been charged with pistol-whipping a Kentucky man and stealing $400 from him. Joseph Neltner, 23, was waylaid Monday night as he left a bar.
Investigators said that the only weapon they have recovered so far is a BB gun. They were unsure if that was the gun used to hit Neltner, who suffered a head wound.
Police Sgt. Edward Johnson said that the other suspects identified the 12-year-old as their leader.
"Everybody said he was the lead man and was divvying the money up," Johnson said. "He was talking to me like he was a grown man. I asked him about the gun and he basically told me to go pound salt. I couldn't believe it was coming out of a little kid's mouth like that. I got a 12-year-old at home and I can't imagine this kid is the same age as my 12-year-old."