Two teens charged in random Green Bay attacks

Thornton White (left) and Demonte Ayers (right) are charged in what police say were a series of random attacks on Green Bay's west side.

GREEN BAY - Violent crimes against random people: That's what four Green Bay teenagers are accused of committing last week on the city's west side.

Green Bay police say two people were punched off their bikes and robbed in two separate incidents. According to court documents, two of the teens, now charged, admitted to the crimes, and weren't shy with police about what happened.

Police say some people were in the wrong place at the wrong time last week when they were randomly attacked.

“They just chose particular targets and then assaulted them,” said Capt. Bill Bongle of the Green Bay Police Department.

The first incident happened a week and a half ago on Shawano Avenue. Police say a 16-year-old boy riding his bike home from work was punched in the nose and robbed of his wallet and iPhone. Police say four hours later, a 57-year-old man had his bike taken from him on Velp Ave. after he was punched off of it. A third incident happened this past Monday. Police say an 18-year-old man confronted three teens after having rocks thrown at his vehicle. The teens punched the man, but he chased them away with a wrench.

“He was able to fend off the attack and notified the police and within minutes our officers were in the area, and they were able to apprehend four young people,” said Bongle.

The four teens range in age from 15 to 19 years old.

Eighteen-year-olds Demonte Ayers and Thornton White appeared in court Wednesday.

According to court documents, both men admitted to the crimes. White swore when he described one incident to police, saying the group “beat his (expletive) and took his (expletive). White also said "the kid should have picked another way home."

FOX 11 talked to White's sister after court. She was too upset to talk on camera, but believes her brother was just hanging out with the wrong people.

“This is unusual and this is why it caught people's attention, because it doesn't happen all the time,” said Bongle.

Bongle says he believes the neighborhoods where these attacks happened are safe, and he doesn't believe similar attacks will happen in the future.

Ayers is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. White is being held on a $25,000 cash bond. Both are due back in court in a week.