Arrests in North Abilene Robberies Lead Police to Gang Related Activity

Published 07/10 2014 08:41PM

Updated 07/10 2014 08:54PM

Abilene Police have made some arrests in a couple of Abilene north side robberies and ended up uncovering gang activity involving teenagers being supplied with weapons to commit crimes and even ordered to kill via social media.

18-year-old Kendrick Hodge is now in jail charged with several crimes, including soliciting membership into a gang. Kendrick was the self proclaimed leader of a gang of teenagers who committed at least two robberies with weapons and disguises provided by Hodge.

One of the robberies happened at the convenience store at North 12th and Grape on Monday. That's where three teens walked in with a gun and covered their faces to rob the store. Thirty minutes earlier, there was an attempted robbery at North 8th and Grape.

Abilene Police say Hodge provided the weapons and disguises for the teens to rob the stores, and Hodge admitted to police that the robberies were part of a gang membership.

The first arrest in the case was a 14-year-old boy. When Hodge heard of the arrest he ordered the others involved to kill the 14-year-old via social media for fear he would give information to authorities.

Hodge allegedly received money from the robberies. Three juveniles are also in jail charged with robbery and other crimes. Hodge has a  $200,000 dollar bond.

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