Officials report spike in number of serious crimes committed by teens in Tulsa County

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • The Tulsa County district attorney's office has seen a spike in the number of serious crimes committed by teenagers this year, officials said.
  • The district attorney's office reported 61 teens were charged as youthful offenders last year. So far this year, 103 teens have been charged as youthful offenders. That's an increase of about 69 percent.
  • A teen is charged as a youthful offender at the discretion of the judge. The designation is reserved for 15 to 17-year-olds and is only applicable to serious felony crimes, such as manslaughter, homicide, rape, robbery and trafficking.
  • There have also been at least eight homicides in Tulsa this year in which a teen or juvenile is the suspect, including a homicide arrest on Tuesday afternoon in an investigation in which a 15-year-old girl was killed.
  • READ MORE: Suspect in custody in connection with Tulsa teen's death
  • Of the eight homicides in which the victim was under the age of 20, four of the victims were killed by another teen.

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