Police: Baytown teen faces charges in trying to recruit for gang

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BAYTOWN, Texas - A 13-year-old boy could face assault charges after Baytown police say he was trying to recruit for a local gang.

Officials say a Baytown gang detective was called to a junior high school by an assistant principal after two students were assaulted the week before. The separate incidents occurred on the previous Thursday and Friday.

Police say the student who was attacked Thursday suffered red swelling to the right side of his neck.

The assistant principal told police he believed the assaults were gang related.

Police say while interviewing the teen believed to be responsible, he told the detective that his brother was in a gang, but he was not. The teen also admitted to police that he was responsible for injuring one of the students, but not both.

Baytown police say after further investigation, the detective determined that the incidents occurred while the teen was trying to recruit for a local gang.

Police say class A assault charges against the teen are pending.

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