Teen Girls Committed 'Heinous, Nasty Crimes' in Pa.: Cops

Kemonie McKee, 16, and Syniah Martinez, 17, charged in armed robbery cases
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2017 8:28 AM CDT
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Kemonie McKee, left, and Syniah Martinez.   (Upper Darby Police, via Philadelphia Inquirer)

"You could write a book" about Kemonie McKee and Syniah Martinez, a Philly-area police official tells the Philadelphia Inquirer, but the story about the two teen girls wouldn't exactly be a fairy tale. Instead, McKee, 16, and Martinez, 17, pulled off "some very heinous, nasty crimes," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says, and they've now been charged as adults for the armed robberies of two taxi drivers, which took place just hours apart June 19 in Upper Darby, CBS Philly reports. In the cab crimes, which are said to have taken place at gunpoint (though Chitwood notes the teens say it was just a BB gun), police say the girls made off with a grand total of $100 from one taxi, $80 from the second. The girls are also accused of robbing two women from Ecuador, identified by NBC Philadelphia as a mother and daughter, at gunpoint on June 23 in Upper Darby.

The teens have been charged with aggravated assault and related offenses in all three cases. In the Ecuador case, $900 and a cellphone were taken from the 86-year-old and 52-year-old tourists, who were also assaulted. The girls are also suspected of the carjacking robberies of two Philly pizza delivery drivers. Martinez's 11-year-old sister, meanwhile, suffered a broken arm when one of the getaway cars that she was riding in crashed, Chitwood tells the Delaware County Daily Times. While cops seek out a male adult they think was involved in planning the crimes and possibly serving as the getaway driver, they note a somewhat happy ending: Two anonymous locals came forward with $1,000 for each of the Ecuadorian women. "They felt bad ... people would come here from another country and be victims of a robbery," Chitwood tells CBS. (A teen pimped out other teens.)

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