Police have a 12-year-old boy in custody after they said he attempted to rob two women near Tower Grove Park about 35 minutes apart Wednesday.
According to the police reports, the boy rode his bike up to the first woman at around 6:30 p.m. on the 3600 block of Arsenal. He tried to take her purse, and when he couldn't get it from her, he and several other boys rode away from the scene.
Then, 35 minutes later, the same boy rode up to another woman on the 3700 block of Hartford and demanded her car keys. When she refused, he punched her in the head and rode away. He was, again, accompanied by a group of other boys on bikes.
The boy is in juvenile custody and the investigation is ongoing.