15-year-old charged as adult in armed robbery

A 15-year-old Harrisburg boy has been charged as an adult for his role in a robbery in front of the Steelton-Highspire High School.

Swatara Township police said they charged Ean Shamar Cooper-Smith and a 14-year-old with robbery and conspiracy. A third person remains at large, but has been identified.

The three are accused of robbing a 14- and 15-year-old of their cell phones at around 7 p.m. Thursday.

The victims reported that they were leaving a basketball game when three robbers ordered them to empty their pockets. One of the robbers was armed with a realistic, high-powered pellet rifle and used the butt of the gun to strike one of the victims under the eye, police said.

“If you carry a gun on school property or around school property, you're going to be prosecuted in the fullest extent of the law,” Swatara Township Police Chief Jason Umberger said. “We're not going to tolerate that kind of violent behavior.”

One of the victims provided officers with a first name. Cooper-Smith and the juvenile suspect were later taken into custody at Cooper-Smith's home in the 3600 block of Chambers Hill Road, police said.

Cooper-Smith was released to the custody of his mother on $10,000 unsecured bail along with several special conditions, police said. The 14-year-old was turned over to Dauphin County Juvenile Probation and detained.

Police said they also uncovered evidence in an unsolved burglary where five handguns and $10,000 worth of jewelry were stolen. Eriq Cooper-Smith, 18, and two juveniles were arrested for the crime.

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