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Robberies Terrorize Students Near 2 Las Vegas High Schools

LAS VEGAS - A string of robberies near two valley high schools has students fearing for their safety. Victims say a group of teens robbed them near Canyon Springs and Shadow Ridge High Schools.

Jordan Haar is one of the victims. He still sports the black eye the robbers gave him. He says he was terrified when the group approached him and told him to empty out his pockets. "I emptied out my left pocket. My i-Pod (was in it), and they took it," Haar said. "Then, they took my shoes. I've never been in a fight or ever been jumped in my life."

Haar is not the only victim. Another student who doesn't want to be identified says he and his friend were robbed last week before a school basketball game. "They said to give them everything out of our pockets. If we didn't, they would shoot us," he said. "It was scary. I've been having panic attacks about it. If I hear a car pull up behind me, I kind of freak out."

The group also robbed Gary Simon's son. He says he shudders to think about what could have happened to his son. "I'm thankful that my son didn't get hurt," Simon said. "It's scary. I'm scared for my son and other kids out there that may get jacked by these people." Other parents are also worried. "Their (lives are) in danger for an I-Pod. That's just insane. It's hard to fathom as a parent," Shadow Ridge High School parent Donnell Sablan said. Parents say they hope the people responsible soon end up behind bars. "Eventually, you guys are going to get caught. It's just a matter of time. The bad guys never win," Simon said.

Police are working hard to make that happen. Authorities are increasing saturation patrols at Shadow Ridge and Canyon Springs High Schools. "We are present. If these junior thugs go over there and commit additional crimes, they can expect to go to jail," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Captain Csaba Maczala said.

Police believe the robbers are targeting students involved with after-school activities. People with information are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.