Police: Girl, 17, pretended to be victim after planning her friend's robbery
Deputies who questioned the girl said she eventually admitted that she had helped set up the robbery
By Tom Steele
The Dallas Morning News
SPRING, Texas — A 17-year-old Texas girl was arrested last week after authorities say she planned for a friend to be robbed and then pretended to be a victim during his carjacking.
Deputies were called around 11:30 p.m. Friday after 20-year-old Preston Barry reported that he and friend Susan Mize, 17, had been robbed at gunpoint in Montgomery County.
Barry told deputies that Mize had told him he could make $150 by driving some of her friends to Houston. The two then drove to a park and picked up a 16-year-old boy.
As they waited, a 15-year-old boy in a mask walked up to the driver's side of the car with a handgun, Barry told authorities. He told Barry to get into the backseat, where the 16-year-old pulled out a knife and tied him up with Mize's shoelaces.
The pair beat Barry while taking money from his wallet and threatening him with the gun and knife, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
The teens then drove Barry's car to a nearby H-E-B, where the 16-year-old got out of the car and made Barry, who had been untied, withdraw cash from an ATM.
Barry said that he was tied up again and that his attackers next dropped Mize off at her home — where authorities say she failed to call 911 to report what had happened. Barry offered to give the teens more money at his house if they drove him there, but instead ran inside, locked the door and had his family contact the authorities.
Deputies in neighboring Harris County came across Barry's car in a park a short time later and detained the 16-year-old. The 15-year-old ran off into a wooded area, deputies said.
Authorities found a kitchen knife in the car, as well as a black and silver BB gun.
Montgomery County deputies who questioned Mize about the incident said she eventually admitted that she had been lying and that she had helped set up the robbery. She "believed Preston was an easy target," deputies reported, but said she only planned for the teens to take money from Barry's wallet.
Mize, a Spring resident, was arrested on one count of aggravated robbery and booked into the Montgomery County jail. She was released over the weekend after posting $75,000 bond.
The 16-year-old, whose name was not released because of his age, was taken into juvenile detention and also faces a charge of aggravated robbery. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says it has identified the 15-year-old suspect and is filing for a warrant for his arrest.
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