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Boy Hangs on to Candy Despite Beating

November 2, 2004

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A 12-year-old boy hung onto his pillowcase filled with Halloween candy despite being beaten and dragged nearly 100 feet by two teenagers who tried to steal the loot, police said.

The boy, who was wearing a costume, was trick or treating Sunday night on Phelpscoft Road when two teenagers carrying skateboards beat, kicked and dragged him, police said.

Police arrested the two teens about a half-hour after the incident.

Colin Mulhaul, 16, of Simsbury, was charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree assault and attempted larceny. He denied involvement, police said.

The other teen, a 15-year-old, was referred to juvenile court. His name was not released because of his age.

The 12-year-old did not require hospitalization but was sore from his injuries, police said.

``Young kids don’t realize that when something is taken with the threat of force, the resulting charge is robbery, which is a serious offense,″ said Simsbury police Capt. Peter Sevetz, a department spokesman. ``All over a small amount of candy.″

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Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.ctnow.com/

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