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Posted on: November 3, 2017

KC teenager who claimed local youth gang charged in series of carjackings, thefts in Kansas City

For Immediate Release

Nov. 3, 2017

A Kansas City teen has been charged with several car thefts and armed robberies involving vehicles, beginning this summer in Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Michael Smith, dob: 7/26/2001, faces Robbery 1st Degree, Robbery 2nd Degree, two counts of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.*

According to court records, on July 3, a victim told police that she was exited her vehicle when two teens ran toward her vehicle in the 4000 block of Harrison. One placed what felt like a knife to her throat and demanded her vehicle.They pulled her out of the vehicle and onto the ground before they got in and fled. The following day, in the 4300 block of Paseo, another victim said he was inside a convenience store when he saw someone get into his vehicle and get ready to drive it away. When the victim ran out to the vehicle, the suspect slammed on the brakes, causing the victim to fall and injure his leg. The suspect and three other suspects fled in the car. The victim's phone also was taken with the car. On July 6, a victim in the 3900 block of Jackson told police that her vehicle was taken with some money. The suspects punched her in the face, got into her vehicle and fled. On July 8, a taxi driver picked up two n who took him to several locations before several more males approached his vehicle and took him out of it, punching and kicking him and hitting him with a long stick. They took the vehicle, cash, phone and a shoe, One of the victim's find-my-phone app led police to "Shmitty Mike", which police knew was the defendant. When detectives searched his home they found a semi-automatic rifle with an obliterated serial number. They also found one of the victim's license.Smith told police he was the leader of the "Shmitty Street Gang."

Prosecutors requested a bond of $75,000.

Juvenile authorities recently certified the defendant to stand trial as an adult.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile: (816) 674-3954

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.

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